If you have any questions, please get in touch with our friendly Admissions team: admissions@sccb.ac.uk

Important information for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs.
EHCPs and Decision Letters will not be issued during the holiday period.

The SENAR team no longer issues decision letters, draft or final EHCPs during the winter holiday period. This is to ensure that parents and carers are able to discuss the decision with an appropriate point of contact in a timely way.

How will the college know what support I need?

There are several ways we identify the support needs for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. For those who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) this may be through liaison with school or your local authority. For young people without an EHCP, it may be through application form, interview, or the enrolment form. It is important that you tell us as early as possible of any additional needs you have, so that we can advise you and others on what support is needed. There are also opportunities for you to discuss your needs with your tutor throughout the year.

How is the decision made about the type and the amount of support I receive?

Young people with an EHCP – or an identified learning difficulty or disability – will be supported either according to the requirements outlined in the EHC plan, or through an assessment by one of our Additional Learning Support team. If you do not have an EHCP, a support plan will then be drawn up and shared with you, your support staff, and your tutors.

Will I get 1:1 support?

Yes, if your EHCP states that you require 1:1 support. The aim of all support is to promote and develop your independent skills, and to prepare you for your next steps. At college, 1:1 support is not always one student with one member of staff. It may be one member of staff in a group where several students require support, and the support worker supports each student as required. The type of support will be decided on an individual basis.

Students completing a colouring activity in a classroom

What specialist services and expertise are available at college?

Our teaching and Additional Learning Support teams are well-trained in:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dyspraxia
  • Learning difficulties
Sensory impairments We also provide:
  • Assistive technology
  • JAWs – In-class support
  • Laptops with specialist software can be made available to students who require them
  • Mentoring and more
  • Sign language support
  • Software is available on student computers to read out information on screen

How will the curriculum be matched to my needs?

All of our lessons are planned to support your progress and become more independent. The Additional Learning Support team works closely with our tutors, to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made on an individual basis.

What if you do not have the expertise in college to meet my needs?

We also work closely with external agencies to meet the needs of young people as appropriate. These include:

  • Autism
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Hearing Impairment Team
  • Speech and Language Support
  • Visual Impairment Team
I want to know what other options there are in Birmingham, and how my local authority can support me

For further information, visit Birmingham City Council’s SENDIASS website page.

Who can I go to for help and advice about the assessment or Education Health and Care Plan process?

Please contact SENDIASS, which is part of Birmingham City Council. It offers impartial, confidential advice and guidance to parents and young people who are going through SEN assessments. SENDIASS

Which course can I do?

We offer supported learning courses for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Click below for more information.

View our supported learning courses https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/supported-learning

How do I apply?

Once you’ve found the right course, click the ‘apply now’ button at the bottom of the course page. Please disclose your needs on your application form, so that we can assess you and arrange your support before you start your course. We have put together this flowchart to help guide you through the process.

Click here to find out more