Inclusive Learning has been designed to support and challenge young people aged 16 – 24 with SEND. Our ethos is to put our students first in everything that we do to ensure that they reach their personal goals and learning outcomes.

All young people in our local communities have the right to a good quality of life and to join a college course which will give them the skills, knowledge, behaviours, and support to successfully progress into a more independent adulthood. The Inclusive Learning team will work closely with each young person and their family to plan an individual pathway and set aspirational goals for achievement, which will be celebrated throughout the year.

Most young people on an Inclusive Learning course will have an Education Health and Care Plan and some of them will require support and therapy which is written into their EHCP. Our specialist team of curriculum, therapy and support staff will celebrate and build on the strengths of every young person whilst ensuring that all support aims to increase independence and confidence. Our courses are intended to prepare young people for adulthood and start them on a pathway to life, independence, and the world of work.

Inclusive Learning has dedicated facilities to provide the best possible environment to support a student’s learning and includes a therapy area, personal care room and sensory space.

Maths, English and Digital Skills

Students will be supported and challenged to improve their Maths and English skills as part of their programme and will be able to take a Functional Skills qualification if it is appropriate right for them. Our students will also be able to improve their digital skills by exploring the technology and social media which will support them in their adult life.

Eastbourne only

Sensory Learning for Life and Independence

Sensory Learning for Life and Independence supports and challenges young people with a diverse range of inclusion needs who benefit from a sensory approach to learning.

Students are supported by a dedicated team of specialist staff in a safe learning environment and will have opportunities to achieve a qualification, make friends and develop relationships as well as regularly engage with their local community. Each student will have a personalised plan which will support their development of independent living and social and communication skills which a young person needs to make decisions about their own life.

Eastbourne, Lewes, and Hastings

Supported Learning for Life, Independence and Work

Supported Learning for Life, Independence and Work supports and challenges young people with a range of inclusion needs such as learning difficulties, disabilities, and Autism Spectrum. Students are supported by a dedicated team of specialist staff in their own learning environment which has the additional benefit of being based on and having full access to a college campus.

Each student will be supported to make decisions and develop skills for adult life such as going shopping for food, using public transport, and managing money. Each student will achieve a qualification and will have opportunities to take part in enterprise events, a work placement and or voluntary work in the local community. Through the combination of practical activities and classroom learning our students will develop their communication and teamwork as well the skills, knowledge, and behaviour which they will need for the world of work. At the right time, young people are will be supported to think about their future and choices after college.

Hastings only

Preparation for a Supported Internship

Preparation for a Supported Internship supports and challenges young people who have an education, health, and care plan to prepare for the world of work. A dedicated staff team of job coaches and work mentors will support and prepare young people for the workplace whilst enabling them to access work placements, voluntary work and work related experiences at college and in the local community. Student’s successfully progress onto Project SEARCH, a supported internship or gain the skills, knowledge, and behaviours which they need for work.

Eastbourne only

Project SEARCH Supported Internship

Project SEARCH is a one year supported internship programme for young people aged 18 to 25 who have an education, health and care plan. The course is based at The Eastbourne Hospital which gives the young people the opportunity to gain and develop work related skills, knowledge and behaviour whilst they are on placement in three different hospital departments. Job coaches and work mentors ensure that any barriers to accessing a work placement are removed and that the learners receive the right balance of support and challenge which they need to get ready for employment. On graduation, some students have been successful in gaining paid employment at the hospital whilst others find work in their local community.

Eastbourne, Lewes, and Hastings

Step Up Level One

Step Up Level One supports and challenges young people who are not yet ready to access a full-time vocational study programme at college due to a diverse range of learning, social, emotional and inclusion needs. Some students will have an education, health, and care plan, require wraparound support or small group teaching to successfully prepare for progression onto a full-time level 2 course, an apprenticeship or the world of work. Students will have the opportunity to experience learning in different vocational subjects, as well as community projects and work placements.

Eastbourne, Lewes, and Hastings

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is provided for learners who have learning difficulties or disabilities. Learners may need help with skills such as literacy, numeracy and / or either in or out of class, this can be provided, through a variety of methods which is agreed with the learner.

Eastbourne, Lewes, and Hastings

SEND Transition


Tel: 030 300 39699
Opening Times: 09.00-16:00 Monday-Friday
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