With an impressive range of specialist programmes, modern support software and highly trained support staff, Hugh Baird College is in an excellent position to help students throughout their time at the College.
Our tutors are specialists in teaching students with Autism, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments and Dyslexia. Our team also consists of signers qualified to the highest level.
We have SuperNova, JAWS, Read and Write, Inspirations, MindView and a full range of inclusive technology available in College and on loan.
Support plans are agreed between the students, the support staff and Study Programme Coordinators and remain flexible throughout the year.
In-class Academic Support Worker
This support can be offered on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. The Academic Support Worker (ASW) can help with note-taking, prompting, recapping the tutor's instructions and any practical activities. They can also help students with mobility problems in a classroom environment.
Additional Teaching Support Session
This is provided by a fully qualified support tutor on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. These sessions can help with reading, spelling, writing, homework, assignments, essays and improving your confidence. We can also use these sessions as specific support with a learning difficulty, for example, techniques to help dyslexic students improve their abilities.
We have a fully qualified and experienced Care Team which support students before and after classes, during breaks and during lunch. We can support students' personal care needs and provide mobility assistance. The Care Team can also help students settle into college life for the first few weeks until they make new friends.
In accordance with guidelines from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), students who are aged 19+ with learning difficulties/disabilities can be offered a funded place on a Level 1 programme if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC).
With supporting evidence, we can help you apply for exam concessions such as extra time, large print, the use of reader or a scribe, along with many other types of concessions.
The Children and Families Act 2014 requires Local Authorities to develop and maintain a ‘Local Offer’ of services for children and young people with special educational needs. This document provides necessary information about what additional support Hugh Baird College offers. Click here to download our local offer.
We hold the prestigious Dyslexia Quality Mark to salute our support services for students with dyslexia. The mark is awarded following a rigorous inspection by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Among the support available to students with dyslexia is in-class support, specialist additional teaching and alternative exam arrangements including extra time and the use of technology. To find out more about our achievement of the Dyslexia Quality Mark, click here.