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.

Access for All

Promoting success for all learners

East Sussex College is committed to supporting learners to achieve and works to the Equality Act 2010 and makes a commitment to promote equal opportunities and embrace diversity.

In particular, we recognise our responsibility to learners with a learning disability / difficulty:

  • To promote equality of opportunity
  • To eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • To eliminate disability related harassment
  • To promote positive attitudes
  • To promote inclusion
  • To encourage participation in the college and wider community
  • To make reasonable adjustments to improve access to learning

East Sussex College

  • Is an inclusive college
  • Offers a wide range of full and part-time courses in academic and vocational subjects
  • Offers information, advice and guidance to find the right course
  • Runs courses for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Has specialist teachers, tutors and learning support staff

Range of Support Available

Access to support is based on an assessment of your learning needs. Here are some examples of support we may provide:

  • Support for students who have difficulty with literacy and / or numeracy e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia
  • Specialist packages for learners with EHCPs and who are High Needs e.g. Speech & Language Therapy (SaLT) and Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Study sessions on a 1:1 with specialist staff
  • Learner Assistants to support on course and facilitate independence
  • Support for students who have a hearing or visual impairment e.g. Interpreters, communication support workers, note takers, and / or other specialists
  • Assistive technology e.g. dragon speak, reading pen, laptop
  • Materials in accessible formats, enlarged text or software
  • Physical assistance or other aids to access learning
  • Access arrangements assessments and exam arrangements
  • Courses for learners with a learning difficulties and / or disability
  • Support with transition - see SEND Transition

Admissions Procedure

If you have a learning difficulty and / or disability, please inform us as soon as possible. This can be prior to enrolling, on application or after. We can offer support at interview, bespoke tours and transition plans and forward planning for support needs and specialist equipment. We are keen to make the process from school to college as smooth as possible.

Examinations and Assessments

If you have previously had and / or believe that you are entitled to examination arrangements, such as extra time, reader or scribe etc. please discuss this with your tutor to see if a referral is needed for similar arrangements at college. If you have been provided by the school a copy of the Form 8 evidence of access arrangements please bring that in.

Awarding bodies have clear guidelines about the arrangements that can be provided and the evidence needed to put these in place.

Buildings and Accommodation

Please contact us to discuss where you would like to study, so that we can advise you of its facilities and, if appropriate, arrange an accessibility visit with you. The sites have been audited to make sure they comply with the Equality Act 2010 and there is an on-going programme of improvements to address issues. At present, there is limited access to the upper floors of the A Level Centre, Eastbourne and personal care rooms are under development in Eastbourne and Lewes.

Complaints and Appeals

The College is committed to providing the highest possible level of service to all its learners. Despite our best efforts, things can sometimes go wrong. If you are dissatisfied, please talk first to your College contact and try to reach an informal resolution. If you wish to take your complaint further, please see our Complaints, Concerns and Compliments Policy here.


Local Offer for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Your young person has been at school and is now moving on to college. Moving from school to college is a step towards the world of work and/or greater independence.

It is an exciting time but we understand that you and your young person may feel anxious about the change. We know that parents, carers and young people often have questions about how colleges can support them. Local colleges have looked at the most common questions we are asked and provided answers below.

Please come and see us

We can help

Room 314, Grove House
Tel: 030 300 38211

Student Central, Station Plaza
Tel: 01424 458332

Room 131, Cliffe Building
Tel: 030 300 39498

15 September 2021

16-19 Tuition Funding – Statement of Use

The following priority groups have been identified:

  • Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Practical or Vocational students studying at Level 1/2/3
  • Students studying English and maths
  • Students with wellbeing/mental health needs
  • Students at risk of disengagement
  • Students needing to complete vocational programmes to progress to their next course
  • Students who have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths and require additional support in an academic subject

Funding is being deployed to support using the following measures:

  • A team of ‘Accelerator Tutors’ are being deployed to support extra tuition in small groups (upto 5 and in exceptional circumstance up to 7 student)
  • Additional maths and English tuition to support GCSE and Functional Skills for summer exams
  • Additional skills-based delivery delivered throughout this academic year

Further information from the government on this fund can be found here:
16 to 19 funding: 16 to 19 tuition fund - GOV.UK (