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Learning Support

Learning Support

Our Head of Learning Support, Linda Carr, is your key contact. Linda liaises with the Study Support Tutors, Tutors, and Care Assistants to ensure the necessary support is in place for students. The College also has an extensive network of contacts with outside agencies. The Learning Support Team will treat you as an individual and will help to identify what support and/or equipment may be appropriate to your individual needs. Individual support recommendations and actions will be agreed to make your life at Carmel as accessible and independent as possible. This could include for example:

  • Adapted equipment – adjustable chairs, variable height tables
  • Communicator who uses BSL 
  • Course materials eg. handouts, reading lists, given in advance 
  • Curriculum support – information technology, additional tutor 
  • Examination support – adjustable desks, large type question papers, extra time, readers, scribes, laptop computers etc. 
  • Extra support in or out of class 
  • Extra time for assignments or tests 
  • Flexibility in attendance/punctuality 
  • Handouts in alternative formats such as large print or taped information 
  • Individual study skills and advice – coursework, planning, time management, revision, exam techniques, essay and report
  • writing, stress management etc.
  • Note takers 
  • Rest breaks 
  • Tape recorders 
  • Video transcripts

The Learning Support Team have experience of working with students with a wide range of disabilities and support needs such as skills for life (literacy and numeracy), dyslexia, dyspraxia, epilepsy, ME, ADHD, hearing and visual impairment, aspergers, chronic health conditions, mental health difficulties, mobility difficulties and so on.

To help communicate your needs, the Learning Support Team can, with your consent, produce a Personal Support Record. This document is drawn up by the Learning Support Team and explains your support needs. It is given, with your consent and in confidence, to those staff at Carmel who need it to support you.