Learning Support

When you enrol at Southport College, if you have identified a learning difficulty and/or a disability, the Learning Support Team will contact you to discuss how to support you appropriately.

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Learning Support at Southport College

As a student at Southport College, you will have access to a wide variety of support services. We have a large team of trained staff dedicated to providing you with any additional support you may need. Where applicable, the Learning Support Team can also gather evidence in order to apply for extra time, readers, scribes etc for exams.

All identified students who disclose a support need are individually interviewed to assess their needs and the level/type of support or tutoring required. We also regularly review all students receiving support to ensure the correct and most appropriate support is being provided.

The Learning Support Co-ordinators are situated in the Learning Support Transition Suite which provides a timeout space and quiet working area for identified students. The room also hosts meetings for groups such as the Snack & Chat Social Communication Club and LGBT+.

 The Learning Support Team can help you with:

  •          Learning support in and out of class
  •          Support for specific learning difficulties
  •          Care workers
  •          Emotional/behavioural support
  •          Communication support
  •          Snack & Chat Social Communication Group
  •          LGBT+

You can contact the Learner Support Team by visiting them in person, by email to HayesV@southport.ac.uk or RobinsP@southport.ac.ukor on one of the relevant direct contact numbers below.

Learning Support Team

Polly Robinson (Learning Support Coordinator)      01704 392862

Vickie Hayes (Learning Support Coordinator)        01704 392872

Rebecca Buck (Specialist Tutor – Dyslexia)           01704 392866

Judith Hackney (Specialist Tutor Dyslexia)            01704 392634

Paul Taberner (Dyslexia Support Officer)              01704 392634

Cath Reid (Medical Needs Coordinator)                 01704 392620

In addition the College has:

Engagement Officers

Our Engagement Officers are available if you need to talk to someone for support.

Safeguarding and Welfare Support

Southport College is committed to creating an environment that is safe and welcoming to all students. It believes safeguarding is an essential element and aims to promote a positive culture where students are able to learn and develop. We recognise our duty of care to students and the wellbeing of our students is paramount at all times.

We have a dedicated team of safeguarding officers based in the Student Guidance Centre who can be contacted should you have any concerns while at the College.

Feel safe

As a college, our community includes young people aged 14 to 18 and vulnerable adults. For this reason and as part of our commitment to safeguard our students and provide a safe place to learn, we ask all potential students to disclose if they have a violent or sexual conviction. You will be asked to complete a declaration at the point of enrolment. If you do have convictions of this nature, you won’t be automatically excluded from enrolling on a college course. Each case will be considered on its own merit. For further information please contact the Student Guidance Centre and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding team.

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