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New City College Redbridge (Local SEND Offer)

As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, all colleges in Redbridge are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they can support young people with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND).

Scroll down or click on the headings below to see details of this college's local SEND offer:

An overview of the college

“Studying at the college has been a brilliant experience and I have made so much progress. The teachers really care about you and I have gained a lot of confidence” Temitope Adekoye

“As a student at Redbridge College you are very independent. Every day I find out that I can do something that I never knew I could.” Sam Lawanson

Try as I might this course is one of the best I have been on” Kyle Davies

Sam, Temitope and Kyle are students who have benefitted from studying at Redbridge College.

At Redbridge College our aim is to offer our students vocational education. Students will learn all the technical and industry specific skills needed in employment and at university, but in a more practical and hands - on way.

Our Courses

All our courses cover the essential theory but they are also packed with real work tasks, work experience opportunities and projects that prepare our students for life after college.

We offer courses for all ability levels from Entry 3 to LEVEL 4, from B TEC Diplomas to Apprenticeships, which offer the opportunity to earn money while learning the skills needed to succeed in a chosen career.

We feel it’s important to treat our students as adults and we encourage independence in learning.

Even though we have 2000 students studying with us each year and we are the smallest college in the area, our students love the friendly, community feel. Redbridge College students come from around 40 different countries and speak more than 60 different languages.


  • Brook Centre

Our learning and support Centre where you can get all the support you need with your studies. You can get help and advice on study skills, disability support and much more

  • iZone

Our iZone has ipads, plasma screens, touch screen PCs and a video booth for use by students and friendly staff to help with any queries.

 Enrichment Actvities

Our students enjoy enrichment activities ranging from trips to Europe, Driving Theory, Boxing, First Aid, learning British Sign Language (BSL), Dance, Photography and Ten Pin Bowling. Students with learning Difficulties and Disabilities are encouraged to participate and will be supported by a member of the Learning Support team.

For more information about Redbridge College and the courses we offer, visit our website or pick up our prospectus where you can find the most up to date information about the college, including when our Open days and Advice nights are coming up.

From September 2017 Redbridge College will offer three courses for students with Learning Difficulties.


Moving up to Redbridge College

A programme designed to enable school leavers to make the transition from school to college

Who is it for?

  • Young people aged 16-19 with LDD and an EHCP
  • You must want to come to college to get ready for work or other outcomes
  • You must be able to undertake your own personal care

What will I study?

  • What is college like? It’s different from school!
  • What skills you have and what skills you need for work?
  • What is the right type of job for you?
  • A qualification Preparing for Employment
  • English and maths
  • Get ready to progress to Working Well into Work

Working Well into Work

A programme designed to equip students with the skills and qualities they need in the workplace

Who is it for?

  • Young people aged up to 24 with LDD and an EHCP
  • You must want to learn the skills needed to work
  • You must be able to undertake own personal care
  • You must want to be independent and  ready to try work experience

What will I study?

  • A qualification in Independent Living – to help you live a more independent life
  • A Study programme including English and maths
  • Work Experience in college
  • Social Skills  - How to talk to people you don’t know well
  • Social Skills -  How to behave in the workplace
  • Progression to  Step up to Employment

Step Up to Employment

A programme designed to enable students to identify and obtain employment or a Supported Internship supported by a Job Coach.

What is a supported internship?

A Supported Internship is a study programme aimed at young people aged 16-24 who want to work and may need extra support to do so.

Who is it for?

  • Young people aged up to 24 with LDD and an EHCP
  • Progressing Working well students
  • Students with LDD with and EHCP transferring internally from mainstream courses.
  • Students with LDD ready to move employment via an Supported Internship
  • You must be ready to work and want to work

What will I study?

  • A qualification Improving your own Employability Skills until beginning a Supported Internship
  • Study programme including English and Maths
  • You will  take part in Work Placements/ Job tasters outside College
  • You will work with your Job Coach to find Employment which can be  Full time, Part time, or Seasonal
  • You will work with your Job Coach to help you travel independently.

Identifying children’s additional needs

How will the college know if a young person needs additional help and how do they keep parents/carers informed?

When a student applies to us we work hard to identify any additional learning needs. Students with learning, social or communication difficulties, as well as those with practical or sensory disabilities, medical needs, or any other barriers to learning, can access a range of support. Our Learning Support Team includes specialists in Dyslexia Assessment and Sensory Impairment. Our experienced Education Support Workers and Communication Support workers offer in and out of class and small group support.

Education Health Care Plans

Some students come to us with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), S139a or its equivalent. We use this information, together with our own in depth assessment of needs, to design a support plan which enables each student to get the best out of their study time at Redbridge College.

We work closely with teaching staff to develop the best learning strategies for each student strategies and to monitor progress.

Our Assistive Technology Technician is skilled at identifying appropriate equipment to enable learning.

The college offers Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

An experienced counsellor is on site to offer a Student Counselling Service

Parents and carers are encouraged to keep in close contact with the college through Parents' Evenings and advice nights and open evenings.

Dedicated contacts at the college

Who should parents/carers contact if they have any questions or concerns about SEND?

Graham Brook
Assistant Principal-Learning Support Delivery
0208 548 7188

Sheeba Kurian
Learning Support Manager - Dyslexia/Autism
0208 548 7157

Anna Pledger
Co-ordinator - Learning Support Operations
0208 548 7442

Tracey Froget
Coordinator –Sensory impairment
0208 548 7157

Andrea Jess
Moving up to College
Working Well -Into Work                                                                       Stepup to Employment                                                                                                      
0208 548 7157

Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support

How does the college involve students and parents/carers in planning to meet SEND?

Alongside the college aim to promote independence in learning, we offer:

  • Planning and review meetings
  • Advice on how to support learning at home 
  • Regular contact between home and school, e.g. home/ school book, email or text
  • Individual student/teacher conversations
  • Any support, advice, guidance can be provided as necessary.

All of the above may be appropriate but needs to be tempered with the desire to promote independence within the student body.

Range of support available to pupils with SEND

What different kinds of support are available to students with SEND?

  • Curriculum adaptations/differentiation of learning materials
  • Support to overcome behavioural problems
  • Specified individual support
  • Support for health needs
  • Specific individual support
  • Specialist teaching groups
  • Support for communication needs/assisstive technologies to aid learning
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Any reasonable adjustments required

All of the above may be available but will be assessed before the student enrols.

Measuring progress

How will the college know how well students with SEND are doing and how will they inform parents/carers about this?

All students have regular tutorials with their course tutor where progress against course objectives and agreed individual targets are monitored. Details of these are tracked by e-tracker, an online system.

For Parents/ Carers - The confidential “parent portal” can be used to keep up with student progress in addition to attending parent evenings. 

Support and training for staff

Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?

As part of the college’s commitment to Continuous Professional Development, our learning support team take part in training sessions on relevant topics to assist and improve the support that they offer. Two recent topics have been,” strategies for supporting students with Autism”, and “working with visually impaired learners”.

Accessibility of the college

How is the college accessible to young people with SEND?

Both Redbridge College sites, Chadwell Heath and Ilford are fully accessible – lifts, automatic doors and specialist facilities are available for wheelchair users. Accessible showers and toilets facilities are available on each level.


How does the college ensure that young people with SEND are included in all activities, social events, sport and recreation, field work and vocational experience?

All students are encouraged to participate in all college activities.

Our enrichment activities are very popular and students are accompanied by experienced support staff where necessary.

All students are offered the opportunity to be part of a Learning Company or undertake work experience .


How will the college support pupils with SEND to make a good start and eventually to move on to further training or employment and independent adult living?

Our Working Well – into Work and Into Independence courses offer SEND students opportunities to develop the skills they will need at work and to live independently.

Students at Redbridge College have the benefit of an on- site Careers Advisor for advice about jobs, continuing education and CV preparation.

Support and training for parents/carers

What support and training within the college is available to parents and carers?

  • Parent support groups
  • Coffee mornings
  • Signposting to support groups can take place at parents evenings

Further information for families and practitioners

Please refer to the college website for further information.

Who to contact

020 8548 7400
Redbridge College Website

Where to go

Redbridge College
Little HeathRomfordRM6 4XT

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