College supports individual learning needs

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College supports individual learning needs

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, North Wales, is committed to supporting every student, offering a tailored response for individual needs. With help from the college to overcome significant barriers to learning, one young man successfully gained the numeracy skills required for a place on a construction course.


Coleg Llandrillo Cymru is a further education college in North Wales.


The college offers a tailored response to the needs of individual learners. A young learner applied for a place on a construction course but did not have the required entry qualifications. The college offered the learner a place on a support course to gain the relevant qualifications. Since attaining the qualifications, the learner has been able to progress to the course of his choice.


Initial assessment identified the learner’s numeracy skills at entry level 1. His first language is Welsh, and he has a hearing impairment. He lip-reads in Welsh and can understand, but does not use, sign language. He did not want to take up support out of class and did not want to be treated differently from the other learners. The college provided a supporter who could speak Welsh, sign and support numeracy needs. This allowed the learner to access all parts of the support course. The supporter worked closely with the course tutors and the learner’s personal tutor to plan learning. By the end of the year, the learner had gained the entry level 3 qualification.


The learner has overcome significant barriers to learning and has progressed to a construction course where he continues to receive support for his numeracy skills development. He is on target to attain level 1 application of number by the end of December and support is planned for him to attain level 2 by the end of the academic year in July.