Hereward College is a national college for people with disabilities and additional needs based in Coventry. It offers learners a varied curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.
The college has both day and residential provision, which caters for a whole range of needs ranging from students with autism, physical difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex disabilities.
With a person centred approach, which is destination-led, learners follow a study programme designed to meet their needs and support progression. There is a real focus on employability, and every learner has access to work experience opportunities linked to their learning. Learners also have the opportunity to take part in Hereward’s supported internship study programme with one of the college’s partner employers that enables them to gain valuable experience within a supported environment.
A range of additional support is available to students to ensure their journey through college runs as smoothly as possible. Learners can access speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social and emotional support, nursing support, and independent learning support.
The college also offers respite care breaks for 16 to 25 year olds which provide young people with a taste of residential life, a chance to socialise with peers and take part in group and college activities.
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Where to go
- Hereward College
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- Referral required
- Referral Details
Please contact College admissions team
- Other notes
Hereward College operates from one site which is completely accessible and welcomes residential students from all over the country and day students from the local area.
The College is able to meet a wide range of additional needs and currently has students with over 35 different disabilities.
Assessments and support is provided on individually assessed needs.
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
- SEN Provision Type
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
The majority of students who come to College have SEND.
The College caters for a wide range of disabilities, including physical disability, ASD and learning disability.
We conduct a thorough assessment prior to offering any place at Hereward; this would include speaking to current school, other professionals and the family.
The vast majority of our students do receive SEN support and the details of this will be confirmed with you before the placement starts.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
College staff will do an in-depth assessment prior to making any offer to ensure what students’ learn will be at the right level and help them achieve their longer term goals – whether these about employment, supported living, further study etc.
Parents can find out about course content as part of the assessment process and on-going discussions will take place with the allocated progress Coach. Parents can also attend Progress Evenings where they will be able to talk to teaching staff about course content and achievement etc.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
The curriculum at Hereward is divided up into three Pathways. Each Pathway is designed to deliver courses at different academic levels.
As part of the assessment process, each applicant is assessed to determine which Pathway would be best matched to their abilities and needs.This would include speaking to their current school.
Each Pathway offers a range of courses which students can choose from depending on their interests and long term goals.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
Every student will have an annual review where progress will be formally reviewed and parents are invited to these meetings. Other professionals are also invited to these meetings as and when appropriate including Social Workers, Health Professionals and Local Authority commissioners.
The College also holds a number of Progress Evenings throughout the year where parents have the opportunity to discuss progress with staff.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
All staff receive training in emotional and social development, and this work is lead through the Social and Emotional Development Team (SEND).
This team also employs a team of mentors who are allocated to work with identified students who may need additional support with settling in, making friends, their behaviour and feelings.
The College also has a team of Nurses and Healthcare assistants who are responsible for promoting healthy lifestyles and ensuring all specific medical needs are being met.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
The College has an extensive range of support services available to all students; these include physiotherapy, counselling, occupational therapy, nursing, independence and learning support staff, job coaches, conductive education and speech and language therapy.
We will discuss your son/daughter’s needs with you as part of the assessment process
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
Staff at Hereward have a wide range of professional qualifications related to the role they fulfil at the College; many teachers have specialist teaching qualifications and other support staff have relevant qualifications.
The College also has an extensive internal professional development programme which we are very proud of – this includes such topics as moving and handling, condition related training, safe handling of medication, safeguarding, behaviour management and teaching and learning.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
The College runs a number of lunchtime and evening clubs and activities which all students are welcome to join – these cover a range of interests and information about these is displayed on College notice boards.
The Student Union also run a programme of social events throughout the year.
New students will also be shown what is available and encouraged to join in!
- How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
The whole College has been designed to be an accessible site with many features designed to promote the safety and well-being of students with SEND; this includes quiet spaces, ramps, lifts, automatic doors and clear signage.
Some areas in the College have fob access entry systems and staff are employed to work throughout the day to ensure there is some supervision at unstructured times.
- How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?
Each student has an Individual Learning plan (ILP) which will detail their long term goals related to adulthood, along with some smaller steps on how they will work towards these at College. These are reviewed regularly with their Progress Coach to ensure they are realistic and achievable.
All students will have an element of employability in their learning programme, including some classroom activities such as CV writing, and wherever possible an opportunity to undertake internal and external work experience placements with the support of a Job Coach.
All students also make choices under our Exploring Futures programme which runs once a week and will include independence skills development, social skill development, job related activities and healthy lifestyles.
Residential students have additional opportunities to develop their independence during evenings
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
The College makes an individual assessment of students who apply to the College. This assessment will then be converted into an application for funding which will be sent to your home Local Authority for agreement.
Once funding is agreed, the College will receive the funds which will then be allocated to the teams who outlined how they would meet the needs of your son/daughter in the original assessment.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
We conduct a thorough assessment prior to offering any place at Hereward; this would include speaking to current school, other professionals and the family.For residential applicants, this will include at least one overnight stay.
The vast majority of our students do receive specialist support and the details of this will be confirmed with you before the placement starts.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
College staff will do an in-depth assessment prior to making any offer to ensure what students’ learn will be at the right level and help them achieve their longer term goals – whether these about employment, supported living, further study etc. Parents will be invited to be involved in this process.
Parents can find out about course content as part of the assessment process and on-going discussions will take place with the allocated progress Coach. Parents can also attend Progress Evenings where they will be able to talk to teaching staff about course content, achievement and how you may be able to support their learning at home.