Student support

Kirklees College is committed to supporting all of our students wherever we can, regardless of their background or situation.

We offer a wide range of specialist support which is carefully allocated to ensure help is accessible to those who may need it.

Assessing support needs

Students are assessed for individual needs either prior to or during enrollment, or during the induction period. Assessments at Kirklees College are carried out by highly skilled professionals, with support plans put in place in agreement with each individual student.

Plans and Statements

You may have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
These documents tell us about the support you need so it is important we see them and discuss them with you.

If you have not got a plan but think you need one we can request one from the local authority based on our assessment of your support needs.Once your support is in place, we will review it every 6 weeks so we know your thoughts on your support and whether it is helping you.

Help us help you

It is important to give us as much information as you can on your application form so we know what additional needs you may require. We can then make sure you get the right support to help you succeed at Kirklees College.

If you require more than one type of support, or your support is not listed on this page, you can make a note on your application of the additional support you may need or contact us via telephone.

Local Offer – Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Kirklees College is committed to providing the highest standards of support to learners who have a disability or learning difficulty.

We have always taken proactive approach in developing programmes and provision for all learners and are keen to support the needs of our learners and their families.

The Local Offer provides information that will make it easier for students and parents/carers to compare what’s on offer and make informed decisions on what they want from their education. To view the Local Offer please see here.

The visual impairment support team can assist you if you are blind or visually impaired.

We can support you in your classes and outside of class.

You may be able to have access arrangements and reasonable adjustments for your exams.

We can offer you modified resources such as large print, braille, tactile diagrams and audio, as well as specialist equipment.

Before you start your study programme at college, we will meet with you to assess your support needs and agree your individual support plan.

We will review your support regularly to check that it is meeting your needs.

Phone us on 01484 437000 Ext: 7883 or email:

The Deaf Support team will meet you to discuss your needs and agree on an individual support plan.

We will review your support regularly to check that it is meeting your needs.

We offer different types of support to suit your needs:

  • Communication Support Workers (CSWs) who can sign in BSL (British Sign Language) or SSE (Sign Supported English) and voiceover what you sign
  • Note taking in class
  • One-to-one support with your assignments as well as English & maths.

We can check that you understand what you need to do and check the English in your written work.

There are radio aids to help you in classes and we can also set up Deaf Awareness training for your tutors and the other students in your class.

You may be entitled to CSW support and extra time in your exams.

Email the team:

Curriculum Learning Mentors

We have a Curriculum Learning Mentor (CLM) assigned to each faculty area. They can provide Maths and English support for students with specific learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia etc. Although they are unable to diagnose specific learning difficulties they can offer support strategies and 1:1 support to students doing Maths and/or English at Level 1 or above.

If you have not disclosed a learning difficulty at enrolment and are struggling to keep up with your work, please speak to your tutor(s), Learning Support Advisor (LSA) or Progress Coach who will refer you to the appropriate CLM,

We can introduce you to various technologies such as Read & Write Gold software or phone apps which can help you learn.

Your CLM can book appointments with Exams Access Arrangements Assessors if your needs are high. If you have already been assessed for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) at school/college, please bring an original signed copy of your Form 8 to your CLM as soon as possible. We can give you a letter to take to school to request this.

Please note that CLMs are based at various centres at different times, so referral through a member of staff is advised.

Our team is on hand if you have disabilities, learning difficulties or health problems and can support you with your studies.

We provide support for additional learning needs including:

  • physical disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Mental health issues.

We would look to support your additional learning needs as much as we can, and our support will include:

  • Making reasonable adjustments within teaching and learning
  • In class support
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Special arrangements to help with exams
  • Assistance with personal care
  • Accessibility and personal assistance

Our Student Services team offers information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues to help students overcome barriers to learning.

Access to Learning and Personal Support team (ALPS) contacts

Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 or email
Dewsbury Centre 01924 465916 or email

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Kirklees College is committed to delivering the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those aged up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet your support needs.

We support a wide range of learners who have an EHCP for SEND needs.

There is a consultation process between the local authority, College and student applying. For full details please download our Local Offer.

Local Offer

At Kirklees College, we believe in supporting students’ health and wellbeing.

Students can access the college’s free counselling service. The college employs a team of skilled professionals who can help students to get back on track in times when they need support to deal with difficult times in their life.

Our counsellors can help to deal with anxiety and depression, or cope with relationship problems, loneliness or trouble at home or whatever issue is getting in your way.

Our counsellors are non-judgmental, respectful of all views and open to all our students.

Kirklees College’s Safeguarding Policy and guidance applies to all of our students and in particular students aged 18 years or under as well as vulnerable adults.

The key objectives of the policy and guidance are to:

  • Promote a safe environment for all our students to learn and achieve
  • Actively promote the welfare of students
  • Identify any students who may be experiencing abuse or harm in college, at home or in relationships and take appropriate action to ensure their safety (Child and Adult Protection).

Kirklees College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and expects all staff and volunteers and students to share this commitment.

For more information about our safeguarding policy please download our safeguarding policy statement.

Safeguarding Policy

We want to help students progress through their course and go onto great things, so each subject area provides a dedicated ‘progress coach’.

Each student will have regular Progression Achievement Development (PAD) reviews with their progress coach to make sure they are getting the most from their study programme and are on the right route to success.  The college offers this support and plenty of opportunities so that students can boost their work skills, get great results and go higher in their education and career.

The PAD programme monitors and reviews the student’s journey including their results, behavior, ambitions and support requirements. During PAD sessions, progress coaches will also discuss opportunities and ways to develop work skills through work placements or experiences to get them job-ready. Alongside the excellent course tutor support, these regular sessions with progress coaches will help to keep students on the right track or allow them to explore other options if they change their mind about the course they originally enrolled on.

Young parents

Young parents are considered to be mothers, fathers or those that are due to give birth and are under 18 years old.

You are able to disclose whether you are a young parent/pregnant prior to joining college, or throughout your study programme.

Students that disclose their pregnancy will be treated with respect and confidentiality, especially regarding their wishes about informing parents and support agencies of the pregnancy, except when there are concerns around safeguarding.

Students will also be listened to without judgement and will be asked the following questions:

  • Has the pregnancy been confirmed?
  • Do you need any support with getting the pregnancy confirmed?
  • Who else have you spoken to?

The college has a dedicated care co-ordinator who can provide support to young parents and be accessed prior to joining the College, throughout the study programme and to support progression.

The care co-ordinator will work with progress coaches, personal tutors, lecturers and other relevant staff to ensure that you are fully supported by the followings areas:

  • Referrals to Young Peoples Support Services and provide support and continued liaison throughout antenatal and postnatal phases.
  • Support through ‘Care to Learn’ applications
  • Authorising absence for ante natal appointments / scans including young fathers attendance
  • Support in the planning of any activities which have to be missed due to pregnancy or parenting.
  • Where possible will be assisted in planning flexible timetables.
  • Support with Health and Safety issues in college with an appropriate risk assessment completed.
  • Treated sympathetically if suffering competing pressures of pregnancy, parenting and educational examinations.

Young carers

Young carers are considered as children and young people (under 18) whose lives are affected by looking after someone at home.

Young carers carry out tasks and responsibilities that are additional to those appropriate for someone their age.

The person they care for may have one or more of the following:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental Health issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Long-term illness

The college has a dedicated Care Co-ordinator who can provide support to young carers and be accessed prior to joining the College, throughout the study programme and to support progression.

The care co-ordinator will work with progress coaches, personal tutors, lecturers and other relevant staff to ensure they are fully supported and can access the following:

  • Additional learning support
  • Careers and Progression advice
  • Counselling
  • Financial support
  • Transport support and advice
  • Liaison with appropriate agencies
  • We will endeavour to ensure that parents/guardians can access college for open evenings and progression days. If this is not possible we will consider how alternative arrangements can be made to link with home.

Children in care are referred to as ‘looked after children’.

A child is ‘looked after’ if they are in the care of the local authority for more than 24 hours.

A child will stop being ‘looked after’ when they are either adopted, returned home or turn 18 and the local authority will continue to support children leaving care at 18 until they reach 21.

The term ‘care leaver’ refers to a young person under the age of 25 who is, or has been, in public care for a minimum of three months, since the age of 14, and was in care on their 16th birthday.

Looked after and care leaver students will be supported by the College Care Co-ordinator who can be accessed prior to joining the College, throughout the study programme and to support progression.

They will work with progress coaches, personal tutors, lecturers and other relevant staff to ensure they are fully supported and can access the following:

  • Additional Learning Support
  • Careers and Progression Advice
  • Counselling
  • Financial Support
  • Transport Support and Advice
  • Liaison with appropriate agencies
  • Advocacy for a range of situations including entry and on course requirements.

Kirklees College is committed to achieving equality for all its students, staff and community in order to access our high quality education and training.

The colleges values include:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Equality
  • Respect
  • Care
  • Efficiency
  • Innovation

We embed these in all our activities including supporting students to achieve their goals.

Kirklees College