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Provision for post 16 Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

A range of providers offer support to meet the assessed education needs of young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  This support is for young people aged over 16 but under 25 who meet the eligibility criteria following an assessment.

The local authority has a responsibility to ensure the equality of opportunity for education outcomes for children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  In order to ensure that young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities have the opportunity to access education provision, Lincolnshire County Council provides top up funding to Colleges to ensure that young people have the support that meets there individual needs.

This means that young people with assessed needs can have support at College to help them to achieve their individual education outcomes.  The range of support they receive will vary depending on their assessed needs and the types of course they are accessing.  However, it might include 1-2-1 work, support in the classroom from a learning assistant, or support with communication needs.

In order to access the service, young people need to be aged over compulsory school age but under 25 and have an assessed need.  Young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities would ordinarily access the provision most local to their home.  This is considered in accordance with the Lincolnshire County Council Transport policy.

The providers are located throughout Lincolnshire to ensure that young people can access services that are local to their home.  Sometimes young people access services that are outside of Lincolnshire, where this meets the assessed needs of the young person.

Most young people would be expected to begin a course, as per the academic year, starting in September and finishing in June/July, however there may be some exceptions to this.

The provision is normally only offered mid-week during College terms only.  The exact terms dates and holiday times may vary depending on the individual College.  The number of hours of contact time and number of days per week may vary between different providers and the types of provision or course the young people are accessing.

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