At Waltham Forest College, we want you to be successful and achieve your full potential. We are committed to ensuring that all of our students are treated fairly and have equal opportunities. We will do all we can to ensure that no student is disadvantaged and that the curriculum is accessible to his or her needs.
Welfare and wellbeing
We know that sometimes things don’t always go to plan. All of our students have access to free appointments with our Welfare & Wellbeing Team for confidential support and advice on a range of issues including:
- Bullying, abuse and domestic violence
- Financial difficulties
- Benefit advice
- Family difficulties
- Relationship issues
- Depression and self-harm
- Sexual health
Money shouldn’t be a barrier to learning. We have schemes in place to support you with the cost of coming to college.
Life at college may present some challenges for all young people, especially those with a caring role at home where they are juggling the dual roles of being a student and carer. It is estimated there are over 21,500 people in Waltham Forest providing care for a relative or friend. Carers do an amazing job and have the right to be supported. Waltham Forest College has partnered up with specialists agencies and organisations to ensure support plans are in place for all carers.
- Providing information, advice and guidance specific to you as a carer
- Supporting you with conversations with key professionals
- Providing opportunities to attend support groups where you can meet other carers
- Offering support for carers to plan, for now, the future and emergencies
- Fast-track access to some of the in-house services
- Access to a Personal Welfare Advisor
Additional Learning Support (ALS)
Waltham Forest College welcomes learners with SEND (special education needs and /or disabilities) and we have high aspirations for all learners and are proud of the support we offer. Support is offered both in-class and outside of the classroom, with exams and assessments and in the wider College environment.
The ALS team offers a wide range of advice and guidance to help learners to succeed and the range of support needs include autism, ADHD, vision impairment, deafness and hearing loss, global developmental delay, neurodiversity and social, emotional and mental health. The College works closely with local authorities and schools to ensure that learners with Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCP) achieve their career aspirations and goals.
We also support adults returning to study to gain a qualification, learn new skills, start their own business and improve wellbeing and lifestyle prospects that lead to well paid jobs and positive outcomes.
The need for learning support may arise from a learning difficulty or disability or other reasons which present a barrier to learning. If you are one of these students – don’t worry! We will help you to achieve. The earlier you let us know that you might need some support the better. We may be able to provide specialist dyslexia support, support in and out of the classroom, as well as in your exams, depending on your needs.
If you wish to disclose a learning difficulty, disability, medical condition or if you have an EHCP please indicate this on your college application form. Additionally, contact the ALS team and they will arrange a time to meet you and discuss your needs and the support available. During your course, you can speak to your Course Tutor and they will make a referral to the ALS Team. You can also contact the ALS team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our support services extend to examinations and we know that some students will require special arrangements when taking their exams. After being assessed, we will make the necessary arrangements for you in line with the awarding body’s guidelines. This could include extra time, scribes, readers and assistive equipment.
Our campus has lifts, ramps, a hoist and specialist toilets available for students with reduced mobility. In addition, we have accessible parking and wheelchair access. If wheelchair access is not available, we will seek to re-locate classes.
If you would like to discuss your requirements with us, please get in touch with the Learning Support Team on 020 8501 8338 or 8411. You are very welcome to visit the College to view our facilities and speak to members of staff.