Support for Learners with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities
The College has a dedicated team of SEND Progress Coaches lead by the Senior SEND Officer who all work to ensure your needs are being met within the class environment as well as being available to parents/ guardians to offer support and guidance. The SEND team are also on hand to ensure your young persons Education Health and Care Plan is reviewed and updated to best reflect the needs of the learner as well as to support in building a suitable pathway into adulthood.
We offer a wide range of facilities to aid your support, including a purpose-built unit, designed to provide the practical applications of your learning. This includes a sensory room, particularly beneficial if you need a space to process your thoughts and moods.
The team are highly trained to assist with any support needs that may arise and ensure that your learning is individual to you.
Here at City College Peterborough we have a dedicated Wellbeing Team. The staff are here to ensure that you are given the support you need in order to be able to overcome any barriers that are holding you back from achieving and progressing onto your next steps in education, employment or training.
The team are dedicated to ensuring your safety and work in close partnership with teachers, parents/carers and local and national agencies such as the Targeted Youth Support Service within the local authority. Together they can assist you with anything from housing and benefits advice to counselling services if needed.
The Wellbeing Team can help with:
- Emotional Support (counselling and anger management)
- Mediation with friends
- Referral to external support services.
Our Wellbeing Officers offer help with both your academic choices, funding and money issues and
any additional needs you may have. You will be allocated a Wellbeing Officer who will also liaise with relevant professionals to assist in your transition to independence. We offer training in various aspects
of daily life, such as using public transport; supporting a healthy lifestyle; managing money and improving
Equality & Diversity
The College believes that education is a right for all and will actively work towards offering equality of access and opportunity to all learners.
City College Peterborough are committed to promoting the welfare, safety and protection of all children, vulnerable adults, learners and staff.
Prevent is a government strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. If you think someone is being exploited you can raise your concern with any of the nominated safeguarding contacts that are displayed on a board close to the College’s reception or you can speak to your tutor or any person where a Bee Safe symbol is displayed and they will help you.
In the United Kingdom society is held together by Fundamental British Values.
Democracy – Your right to vote for policies where your opinion counts.
The rule of law – Nobody is above the law which is there to protect you.
Individual liberty – Protection of your rights and the right of others you work with. (You can express yourself without fear).
Respect and Tolerance – Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values.
Each tutor is there to support and enhance your development whilst on a programme.
They see your advancement as a joint responsibility. Your vocational tutor will be there, along with the Wellbeing Team to guide you through to ensure you are on track
to achieve your goals. They will be your first point of contact,
to help develop your study skills and build your confidence.
The Teaching Assistant Team are very friendly, approachable and support you to achieve. They enjoy working with you and seeing progression. They are passionate about working with young people to make a difference in their well-being and personal development.
The Teaching Assistants can:
- support learners in the classroom
- work with learners 1:1 – if needed
- work with learners as part of a small group.
The support the team offer learners is tailored to meet their individual needs. They ensure tasks are fun and enjoyable.
*16-19 Guaranteed Bursary Fund
You will be entitled to a weekly payment, based on your attendance if you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August 2021 and you are:
- in care (including unaccompanied asylum-seekers)
- a care leaver
- receiving Universal Credit (was Income Support) in your own name
- disabled and receiving Personal Independence Payments (was Disability Living Allowance)
AND Employment Support Allowance in your
*16-19 Discretionary Bursary
You will be entitled to support towards any course equipment, uniform and travel costs if either you or your parent/ guardian are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Universal Credit
- Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Household income less than £20K
You will be entitled to free meals at College if you are aged between 16-18 years on 31 August 2021 and meet the criteria below or
Aged between 16-24 on 31 August 2021 have
an EHCP and meet the criteria below and either yourself or parent/guardian receives one of the following:
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit Run-On (paid for 4 weeks after
they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190)
- Universal Credit (during initial roll-out of this benefit)
*Funding for Childcare
If you are a young parent** and under the age of 20, the ‘Care to Learn’ scheme can help to cover the costs (upto £160 per week) of your childcare while you are studying. As an educational provider we are able to assist you with your application form for ‘Care to Learn’. You can get advice on accessing ‘Care to Learn’ at your initial college interview so be sure to ask the Recruitment Team about the process when you arrive. For more information,
*Subject to Government changes
**Please note, this support is not available for Apprentices
The Local Offer details the services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Most children and young people (up to the age of 25) with SEND will have their support provided through services listed in the Local Offer. These services are provided by many local organisations, which include education, health and social care services.
Find out more information on the Local Offer here.
Download a copy of our Learner Handbook here.