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High calibre of teachers encouraged to look at different ways of doing things and are given a fairly free rein. ‘Teachers do best when they don’t feel constrained,’ says the head, ’but college deals with underperformance.’ Students given support in managing their time and working independently and safety nets in place to monitor progress with follow-up grades, tests and homework, ‘which make it difficult to fall through the cracks,’ thought a parent...

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Since 2016, William Baldwin - late 30s but could be mistaken for one of his students. Took his A levels at Strode College, Somerset and read psychology at Goldsmiths – ‘an exciting place to be during the Britpop era of the mid-1990s.’ Worked for The Children’s Society and Childline for a year and planned to be an educational psychologist, which required a PGCE and two years' teaching experience. Part of his training at the Institute of Education was a work placement at the edgy and urban Barnet GfE college and this inspired him to go into teaching. Says this was challenging, but a good place to cut his teeth, and students taught him a lot. Moved to Godalming Sixth Form College in 2002 as a psychology teacher and was promoted to assistant principal (curriculum...

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Special Education Needs

The college has Learning Support provision which meets a range of students' needs. Support takes the form of small group support, in-class assistance, access arrangements in examinations, assistive technology - for students with identified Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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