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Redbridge Institute - Community Learning and Skills (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

Redbridge Institute is the leading local provider of part-time adult community learning and skills in the London Borough of Redbridge and has been rated Good by Ofsted across all aspects of its provision. We have achieved national Learner Voice awards and a Green Gown award for sustainability.

Each year 5000 learners complete courses with Redbridge Institute, either at the Gearies Centre in Gants Hill, the Mildmay Learning Centre in Ilford Town Centre or at one of the many local centres provided by Redbridge Institute’s community partners.

Redbridge Institute offers over 400 part-time courses in arts and crafts, beauty, business and finance, care, counselling, community interpreting, childcare and education, English including (ESOL), fitness and health, modern foreign languages, maths, science, teaching assistants and family learning. Many of Redbridge Institute’s courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Qualified advisers and tutors, working to matrix quality standards, are available to help learners find the best course for their interests and career and provide advice on progression pathways.   Many courses are free for eligible learners, there are a range of concessionary fees and 24+ Learning Loans are available for many higher level courses. Our Learning Support Co-ordinator and team of learning support assistants work with learners to meet individual needs and the Institute has a range of adaptive technologies and equipment.

Family learning courses enable adults and children learn new things together. The courses develop children’s social and practical skills and build adult’s confidence in supporting their children’s learning.

Over 98% of learners at Redbridge Institute rate their course as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and would recommend Redbridge Institute to a friend as a place to learn and study. Our overall success rates are higher than the national average.

Redbridge Institute works closely with Jobcentre Plus, Work Redbridge and local employers to help people into employment and to develop their work-related skills and careers. Job seekers can get help with their CVs, job searching, completing job applications and preparing for job interviews and can take advantage of the range of free courses run by Redbridge Institute.

Identifying additional needs

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

The enrolment form has sections to compete regarding any disabilities and/or learning difficulties. The Learning Support Coordinator will contact the learner regarding their condition to gather further information and will arrange an interview if appropriate. If an appointment is made to see the Learning Support Coordinator, a carer or parent would usually accompany the person and they will receive the information of the assessment directly from the Learning Support Co-ordinator. The Learning Support Coordinator briefs the tutor regarding the learner and arranges a personal emergency evacuation plan.

The Curriculum Co-ordinator for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties (LDD) will provide learners with pre-entry and exit information and advice to matrix standards. She will carry out initial assessments and interviews advising on course entry criteria and eligibility and maintain course interview records.

Dedicated contacts at the college

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

Rachel I’Anson
LDD Curriculum Coordinator 

Maria Sotiriou 
Head of Skills for Life and Family Learning

Jane Donovan 
Learning Support Coordinator

Marilyn Sandy 
Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator

Involving young persons and parents/carers in planning support

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

  • Regular contact between home and college, e.g, email or text.
  • Individual student/teacher conversations
  • Review meetings with the Learning Support Co-ordinator will be arranged if needed

Range of support available to pupils with SEND

What different kinds of support are available to young people with SEND?

  • Curriculum adaptations/differentiation
  • Support for behaviour
  • Support for health needs
  • Specific individual support 
  • Specialist teaching groups
  • Assessment & Support for communication needs/assistive technologies

The Institute supports young people aged 19 to 24 with Learning Difficulties into employment through a dedicated Traineeship programme, which includes: work preparation training, customer service training, maths and English and a high-quality work placement.

Measuring progress

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

Each learner has an Individual Learning Plan in place. The LDD Curriculum co-ordinator will monitor the effectiveness of learner support arrangements and progress reports are sent out to Carers/parents on a termly basis. 

Support and training for staff

Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?

Tutors, Learning Support Assistants and Learning Support Coordinator attend Continuous Professional Development sessions annually. The past 12 months the following training was undertaken by our staff:

24 attended Mental Health Awareness, 12 attended Autism Awareness and 4 attended the Autism exhibition, 7 attended Deaf Awareness, 16 attended Safeguarding training, 10 attended general Equality and Diversity training  and 27 attended familiarisation training on adaptive technologies.

Accessibility of the college

How is the college accessible to young people with SEND?

The main centre is on one level.  There are ramps to the main entrances.  At the Mildmay Centre there is a lift to the upper floors.  In both Centres there are accessible toilets.  Every classroom is fitted with hearing loops as well as the reception areas.  All classrooms are equipped with adjustable tables and up to date adaptive technology.


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?

Risk assessments and PEEPS are carried out each academic year.  Additional support is provided for all those who need it. Carers may accompany learners to classes and provide support on external visits. All Visit risk assessments take account of any additional risks and appropriate measures put in place.


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?

The Institute is working with Ellingham Employment Services to run Traineeships for unemployed young people aged 19 to 24 with Learning Difficulty Assessments. A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.  Our Traineeships last for 13 weeks and include: work preparation training; customer service training; maths and English (for those who have not already achieved GCSE grade C or equivalent); a high-quality work placement lasting 8 weeks, which provides insight and experience of the world of work. The trainees are taught in small groups and are mentored by the Institute’s Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator

Support and training for parents/carers

What support and training is available to parents and carers?

Parents/carers can arrange meetings with the Learning Support Co-ordinator to review progress, raise concerns etc.

Further information for families and practitioners

Information of our Institute can be found on our website - see below.

For further information on Traineeships, please contact Marilyn Sandy, Redbridge Institute’s Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator:

Who to contact

020 8550 2398
Redbridge Institute Website

Where to go

Redbridge Institute Of Adult Education
Gaysham AvenueIlfordIG2 6TD

Other Details

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