1) How will the college know if I need extra help?
2) What should I do if I think I need extra help?
3) How will my course work be organised to meet my individual needs?
4) How will I be involved in planning for my needs and who will explain it and help me?
5) Who will tell me what I can do to help myself and be more independent?
6) What should I do if I’m worried about something?
7) How will I know if I’m doing as well as I should?
8) How can I get help if I’m worried about things other than my course?
9) Are there staff in college who have had special training to help young people who need extra help?
10) Can college staff get extra help from experts outside of the college and what are their qualifications?
11) If I have difficulty taking part in college activities what different arrangements can be made for me?
12) What help is there to help me get ready to start college?
13) I am coming to college to prepare for employment – how will I be supported?
14) Where is it located, and what areas does it cover?
15) Handbook for parents, carers and families
Individual Setting Questions from a young person’s point of view
1) How will the college know if I need extra help?
Derwen College is a specialist college so all the students need extra help.
To find out how much extra help you will need you and your parents or carers will meet a member of staff from the assessment team.
The staff will do some work with you for your initial assessment.
The staff will look at your school and medical reports.
The staff will ask you questions about what help you need.
You and your parents or carers talk to the staff about what you need and what you like and do not like.
The college can then plan for the extra help you need.
If you think you need extra help with work, you go to your personal tutor.
You have regular tutorials with your personal tutor.
Your can talk to your teachers and ask for extra help.
You will have an Individual Learning Plan with your targets.
Your individual learning plan will have short, medium and long term targets.
These targets are set just for you.
They are set to help you meet your hopes and aspirations.
The teachers and staff at Derwen College help you meet your targets.
The staff will plan for your needs from your initial assessment.
You choose what work or job you want to do when you leave college.
You choose a programme area that has this sort of job.
The programme areas are:
You will have an assessment in the programme area you have chosen.
This will help the teachers plan for your needs.
The Programme Managers will make a timetable of what you are doing.
Your personal tutor and teachers will explain anything you do not understand.
Coming to Derwen College is about learning to be independent. So you can do more things for yourself.
You learn how to look after yourself.
In your free time you can choose what you do such as go to the college discos, evening clubs or trips.
You can make new friends and try lots of new things.
The teachers and staff are there to help you do more things by yourself for yourself.
At Derwen College you are given targets to work on.
You work on getting better at tasks.
You are learning to work so you need less help.
When you leave college you may be able to live within the community and find employment.
To help you do all these things you have teachers, care staff, medical staff, support staff and lots of other therapists and staff.
Who to go to if you are worried
If you are worried, upset, sad, angry, homesick you can talk to a member of the counselling team.
If you are worried about your work or timetable you can talk to your personal tutor.
If you are worried about your accommodation at college you can talk to your key worker.
You will have an Individual Learning Plan.
The plan has your long, medium and short term targets.
The staff look at how well you are working towards your targets regularly.
Your personal tutor will tell you how you are doing.
You can talk about and help plan your time at college with your personal tutor and staff.
A progress review report is sent to your Local Authority and your parents/carers regularly throughout the programme.
You will have a review meeting at college.
Your parents or carers and your personal tutor will come.
A person from your local authority will be invited to come.
These meetings are important.
At these meetings you will be able to talk about your work and your future plans.
If you are ill you can go to the Well-Being Centre.
The nurses will help you.
You can go and see the doctor.
You will have a care plan.
Care support staff encourage you to take an interest in your care plan.
The care plan tells the care and nursing staff all about you.
The care staff will help with your personal care.
The staff will help you be more independent.
The college has people to help with your emotional and social support.
Behavioural support team -1:1 support when appropriate
Pastoral support – To talk about any worries or anxieties you have in a safe environment.
Student engagement officers – will help you on evenings and weekends.
Peer mentors – Student Union representatives.
Independent advocates – can be arranged externally.
Personal tutors – to talk about your course.
Residence Managers and key workers – help you if you are living at the college.
All the staff go on regular training for their jobs. They go so they know all the new information to help students.
The college has lots of staff with special training and qualifications. These specialisms include autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, applied behavioural analysis & challenging behaviour, dysphagia, functional skills, family therapy, professional counselling, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy.
There are special teachers to help with your reading, writing and maths.
The college has its own:
- Qualified Nurses
- Behavioural support team
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Access to Psychology support
All students have an individual risk assessment that all staff can see.
If you have problems eating or with food you can join the social eating group. The staff have dysphagia training.
Derwen College is a Centre of Excellence in Makaton. Staff have training to use Makaton.
If you are in supported living at Derwen College you are registered with the local doctor.
If you need to see other professionals for help the staff will ask for you.
Part of college life is about learning to choose what you do in your free time.
The campus is a busy place with lots of different clubs and events. These include sporting activities such as swimming, gym, basketball, cricket, cycling, netball, football, wheelchair basketball and many more.
You can take part in community groups.
You can go to church or use the local leisure centre.
Student engagement officers work in the evenings and weekends to help you get the most of your time at college.
Parents/carers can help you choose what leisure, social, weekend activities and trips you do.
Staff will help you chose sports and enrichment sessions.
Derwen College will support and encourage you to take part in all activities at the college.
You can find out about the courses and programme areas at family days, open days, Summer Fete and respite provision.
Schools can visit Derwen College.
Before you start Derwen College new students and their family can come along and look around the college campus.
There are chances for refresher visits and taster sessions. These may help you get ready for college life.
To prepare you for employment you learn skills for work.
You will take part in the Employability Skills programme.
You will learn about – Getting Myself Ready for Work, Exploring the World of Work and Career Planning.
You can get careers advice and guidance from other people.
There is a Work Experience programme – You will get the chance to work in the college’s shops, cafés and other commercial outlets at Derwen College.
Some students do work experience with employers in the local area and with national companies.
You can use the Job Explorer Database to make career choices.
The college supports you to attend regional and national events e.g. student’s local area transition events, The National Skills Show.
The college hosts an Experiential Careers event.
You have the chance to ‘have a go’ at different activities. These can be in work areas that you may not have thought of before.
The leavers’ forum is about the emotional part of moving on. You will have people to talk to about moving on from college.
Derwen College has students from all over the United Kingdom.
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Our Handbook is available to download and provides parents, carers and families with useful information about Derwen College.