Learner Access Policy

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Regardless of age, ability or disability, all learners are entitled to a varied education and should be provided with the support and opportunities to enable them to become lifelong learners.

Where a learner has named Kettering Training Services on their EHCP we will consult with the local authority in relation to the appropriateness of resources before a decision is made to become the named provider.

Where an initial assessment identifies that a learner has a learning difficulty (difference), disability or has emotional/behavioural need that calls for special educational provision, Kettering Training Services will endeavour to put appropriate support in place. Delivery teams will liaise with line managers and other relevant delivery tutors/assessors to provide equity and excellence of support.

Learners will be supported to participate in discussions about their aspirations, needs and to input into what support they feel will help them best.

We promote independence and we will enable leaners to make good progress towards employment or further education, independent living, good health and participating in the community.

We will apply for reasonable adjustment through our awarding body and follow their equal access arrangements.

We will identify Special educational needs during our initial assessment and we will gather together all of the information through requests to relevant agencies and learners own reports

The process to plan support will focus on the leaner as an individual. Learners who are 16-18 will be encouraged to participate in the planning themselves however parents and guardians are encouraged to be involved in the planning. Learners who are 18 and above may bring someone to advocate for them if requested to by the learner where the learner has substantial difficulty in understanding the process.

Support will be evidence based, timely and recorded appropriately. The needs of the learner are kept under regular review.

In order to identify the SEN support, KTS will discuss with the leaner their aspirations in order to more accurately apply the support which will be most effective.

The types of support routinely offered are:

  • Pastoral support – There is a tiered support system where decisions are scrutinised by Managers.
  • Reasonable adjustment for exams – Following Pearson access arrangement
  • Note takers/ Scribe
  • Interpreters
  • One to one or small group learning where resources allow
  • Referral to external agencies as required
  • Support for interviews
  • Enlarged print
  • Differentiated worksheets
  •  EAL (English as an Additional Language) support
  • 1-1 Pastoral coaching

This list is only an example of support which can be provided and each leaners needs will be reviewed and planned on a case by case basis.

Where it is deemed necessary we will seek additional support from external agencies.


Policy Date:  September 2017

Reviewed:  Feb 2018

Reviewed: January 2019