Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Information

We're here to support you

We're here to support you

This page is intended to provide you and your family with useful information, ideas and resources, including links to external organisations who can give you support and guidance.

We hope that you find it helpful.

Who to contact?

  • If you need support with your studies, please contact your tutors. You can also contact our SEND Managers in Additional Learning Support:
Brighton
Worthing and Shoreham
Additional Learning Support Manager
Melanie Heaven Lee Baeza Lee Baeza
melanie.heaven@gbmc.ac.uk lee.baeza@gbmc.ac.uk lee.baeza@gbmc.ac.uk
  • If you have worries or concerns, you can contact our Welfare Advisors: welfare@gbmc.ac.uk  A Welfare advisor will be in touch by email, text or phone
  • If you are worried about your safety or the safety of another student, you can contact the Safeguarding team: safeguarding@gbmc.ac.uk
  • For more information and contact details please look at our Coronavirus ‘frequently asked questions’: click here to access

Educational resources and activities

  • Soundabout is a national charity that has pioneered the use of music, rhythm and sound to give disabled children and adults a voice - a way to express themselves and be listened to. They are running interactive music making sessions via Facebook: Click here to access.
  • For the latest updates and more, BBC Newsround has news stories and other resources available: Click here to access.
Activities/clubs for students with SEND:
Brighton
Worthing
  • Audio active  - music and café
  • Super Star Arts - creative projects and social activities
  • Funtastic Futures - music, drama, dance and art
  • Ferring Country Centre – social activities, life skills, teamwork, animals, horticulture, pre for work
  • Gig Buddies- (Part of MENCAP) Provides support to people to attend gigs/activities
  • Worthing MENCAP- Buddies, social hub, friendship
Educational resources and activities

Useful information

  • This website has been created for families who care for children, young people or adults with a learning disability or developmental difficulty (including those who are autistic). Family carers will find information about positive approaches for supporting wellbeing and supporting choice, independence and communication for their relative. Family carers will also find information about how to support their relative if they display behaviours that challenge. Find out more here.
  • Read about what can college offer to young people with SEND here.
  • We offer individual transition visits for students that feel anxious about moving from school to college or students that may be moving to a different campus. This year we are piloting transition workshops for small groups of students.
  • Careers support – we have a careers team dedicated to supporting students. Visit our careers page for contact details and more details about the range of support on offer.

Education, health and care plans (EHCPs): parents can apply to get the process started

  • West Sussex: here
  • Brighton and Hove: here
  • Amaze - mentioned above, also assist parents with applying for an EHCP
  • Extra help in Education: here

Michelle Newman is trained to advise students with EHCPS. Please contact her at michelle.newman@gbmc.ac.uk.

We also have a team of LSA’s (Learning Support Assistants) that are dedicated to supporting our students with SEND.

Useful information

Wellbeing and mental health

  • E-Wellbeing provides support for 13-25 year olds with their mental health.
  • Place2Be is a useful reference specifically aimed at answering questions of children who are suffering with anxiety.
  • The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has shared this list of useful and accessible suggestions on what to do when faced with anxiety.

We continue to support students that remain anxious about Coronavirus.

We have Welfare Advisors at every campus and Mental Health Advisors at our Pelham Campus and West Durrington Campus.

Amaze

Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. They also support young people with SEND up to 25-years-old.

Amaze Compass Card

The Amaze Compass Card is a discount card for 0 to 25 year olds with special educational needs or disabilities in Brighton & Hove or West Sussex. The card offers hundreds of discounts to a wide range of leisure related venues. We know that being out in the community and accessing affordable leisure has a beneficial impact on young people’s mental health and we are urging young people, and their families where appropriate, to complete the Compass application form.

Find out more about the Compass Card.

Amaze resources

Amaze have produced FAQs about Covid-19 and the lockdown which are targeted at parent carers and young people with SEND. It is updated as new information becomes available. Click here to access these FAQs.

Additional resources:

  • Wellbeing information and links for parent carers, children and young people: Click here.
  • Amaze host two of the Sussex parent carer forums. They work closely with the local authorities and health services to ensure that the voice of parent carers is heard and are involved in planning. They are a good way to link in with other families: Click here.
  • Amaze’s Face2Face service offers peer support to parent carers at time of new diagnosis or new challenges: Click here.
  • Amaze’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS): Click here.

Autism and Aspergers

Ambitious about Autism is an organisation which aims to support all autistic young people to learn, thrive and achieve and lead fulfilling lives. Find out more here.

Autism and Aspergers

Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Speakers of other languages

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