'Students who have special educational needs and / or disabilities are well supported in subjects across the curriculum.  Students studying foundation level courses make very good progress.'

Ofsted 2017

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Learning Support

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How will the college meet the needs of students?

At William Morris Sixth Form we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their goals through education. We have a newly built (July 2016) building for our SEN students as our numbers have grown significantly with the success of our students.  In order to keep our ethos of inclusive education our SEN students share the space with ICT and Modern Foreign Languages.  All of our SEN students are integrated fully into WMSF life and have all of their lessons delivered in mainstream classes throughout the whole site. 

We have a strong culture of supporting students with SEN who are fully integrated into lessons and enrichment. Support is kept discreet and the additional adult will rotate around the rooms supporting all students with subtly more support for those that need it. This allows our young adults to grow in confidence and independence without being made to feel different from their peers. Additional support outside class can be accessed in our new building and will be in the shape of 1-1 support, group interventions, clubs and drop ins.

The academic side at William Morris is obviously very important but so too is the social side, many of our students have struggled to make friendships in the past.  We run many trips, clubs and workshops throughout the year with the aims always being to further friendships, independence and employability skills. Activities this year have included Thorpe Park, Football Matches, Travel club, Cookery, Financial Literacy workshops, the houses of Parliament, Theatre, Comic Con and many more. 

Our Supported Learning department welcomes students with a variety of different needs and each student will be assigned a member of our LLS department and a tutor upon joining WMSF.  These two figures will be central in the progress of our students and will be in regular contact with home to keep parents and carers updated on progress. 

(Our 2017 Woodlane students presenting prizes at their exhibition and sale)

We are able to support students within the following areas:

• Communication and Interaction – Students with mild Speech and Language difficulties and high functioning autism (ASD) who are able to function and engage in learning in classes of 15 pupils or more. Pupils with higher levels of social communication difficulties often join William Morris for a 1-year programme, following which time they make a transition to another setting.

• Cognition and Learning – students with learning needs classified as Moderate Learning Difficulty and Specific Learning Difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia).

• Social, Emotional and Mental Health – students whose needs in these areas are such that they are able to function and engage in learning, within classes of 15 pupils or more.

• Sensory/Physical needs (Visual Impairment, hearing impairment and physical disabilities) – Where we have the expertise and specialist facilities/provision made available.

• Medical needs – An experienced LST works closely with our school nurse to ensure we support students who have medical and associated learning difficulties and draws up medical needs plans.  

(Our 2018 Learning Support students visited Brentford FC to see a match against Birmingham!)

The Local Offer sets out all provisions relating to education, health and care that young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, their parents and carers can access in order to meet the needs stated in their Education, Health and Care Plan.
Please see our Local Offer below...

SEN Local Offer Questions and Answers 2017 - 2018


WMSF Local Offer Leaflet 2017