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How do I get the support I need?

To understand more about the support available to you or your child, you will need to take part in an informal interview to discuss the range of opportunities available to you. Contact us for more information.

Initial Assessments

When you contact us, we will make an appointment for you to attend an Initial Assessment of Support Needs interview with the additional learning support service. This is an informal meeting with a member of the team to talk about the type of support you may need at college. This meeting is confidential and may take between 30 and 60 minutes. You can bring someone with you if that makes you feel more comfortable.

After the meeting we will start collating transitional information and carry out any further assessment such as risk assessments. If after this stage it's appropriate and available, we will organise your support. If you have asked for a learning support assistant we will introduce you to them before the support begins.

Your support at college will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it remains appropriate. We will monitor with you and your personal tutor whether this needs to be changed, reduced, increased or withdrawn at any point during the academic year.

Funding Higher Education study

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Students, who have been diagnosed with dyslexia by an educational psychologist or those who have any other specific learning difficulty or disability, can apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance if they are studying on a Higher Education course. Early application is essential as the process takes on average three to four months.

If you are eligible, you will need to apply to Student Finance England for your DSA. Support with this process is available through the additional learning support service. If awarded, the DSA will provide funding for the specialist support sessions and provide assistive technology and training if appropriate.

For more information you can contact us by post, phone, minicom, fax or email and request our Disability Statement outlining the various aspects of support that West Nottinghamshire College offers.

Contact us

Additional Learning Support Service
Vision West Nottinghamshire College
Derby Road
Mansfield
Nottinghamshire
NG18 5BH

Tel: 01623 627191
Minicom: 01623 651948
Fax: 01623 623063

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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