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Our focused programmes of study are designed to meet the aspirations of Special Educational Needs learners.

Newham College supports learners with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) so they can achieve their aspirations for independence.

Our SEND department is a specialised department that uses a person-centred approach to create an individualised programme of study that caters for the student’s needs and helps them to achieve their goals. We adapt the curriculum and lessons taught, based on the needs of students and their learning style.

Our study programme

Our tailor-made support programme helps learners onto higher education, further training or employment, independent living, and inclusive participation within the community.

Our study programme aims to:

  • Promote confidence and social inclusion
  • Develop interpersonal and independent living skills
  • Provide foundation vocational qualifications for students to progress into employment or higher qualifications
  • Promote a healthy adult lifestyle
  • Help students get job ready and secure paid or voluntary employment

Why choose us for Supported Learning?

  • A carefully designed curriculum that offers multiple progression routes for learners to choose from.
  • 80% of our students go onto further education.
  • 96% of our SEND learners achieved their programme and fulfilled their goals and aspirations.
  • We design and create a curriculum based on individual needs and a tailor-made support SEND programme.
  • We offer a wide range of enrichment activities as part of our SEND programme including: sports, dance, gym, charity events, talent shows, art shows, sports days, student life, employability workshops and awareness campaigns.
  • We are one of the largest providers of supported internships in the country. 52% of learners have gone into employment.

Supported Internships

Our Supported Internships programme gives young people with support needs, real-life work opportunities to develop their work related skills and gain qualifications, leading to permanent employment.

We are one of the largest providers of Supported Internships in the UK and we offer opportunities with a range of employers including ASDA, Barista SEND Coffee shops, London Borough of Newham Group and Greater Anglia, DFN Project SEARCH at Barts Health NHS Trust, John Lewis and Waitrose.

Application process

At Newham College, we care about every one of our SEND learners. We ensure that the initial assessments are done by professionals as part of the interview before enrolment. The main assessment is then carried out within the first six weeks of the new academic year to see what their needs are and how these impact their everyday life.

Our learners come to us through the local authority, schools or external enquiries. Our Transition Officer carries out school visits to assess prospective learners’ needs. We accommodate a wide range of learners and when our learners come to us, our Transition Officers spend time getting to know them, ensuring they are placed on the right course.

We aim to make studying at Newham College easy and smooth for every SEND learner. Our new learners are invited to enrol the week before their course starts where SEND staff will provide assistance with the enrolment process.

If you would like more information about our courses, need help with applying or to simply find out what level you are at, please contact the Admissions team.

More info

Download the Inclusive Learning Guide and find out more about how we are supporting learners to achieve their ambitions.

Available courses

Supported Internships

The Newham Supported Internship Programme supports young people aged between 16-24 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities with the skills to move into competitive employment.

The programme is a joint venture between the London Borough of Newham and Newham College, in partnership with key local employers, within the Borough of Newham.

Learn more about Supported Internships
Supported Internship student baristas at the Clarnico Club, an independent coffee shop

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