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Special Education Needs and Disability & Learner Support

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Here at Hartlepool College, we are dedicated to ensuring all students have equal opportunities and access to resources, facilities and services to be successful within their programme of studies. We are committed in meeting your individual needs to enable all students to have equal opportunities and gain the right skills and qualifications within an environment that delivers quality learning and high expectations.

We have a large team of Learning Support who provide a high level of assistance to students with a range of potential barriers on a range of full-time courses including Entry Level, Bespoke Programmes and Supported Internships. Within these programmes, the team offer in 1:1 class support, exam concessions, note-taking, chaperone and lunch supervision.

The team also provide individual transition packages for students progressing to college to ensure they are ready to enjoy college life. This service includes initial meetings within school or a familiar environment, tours of the college, group visits and taster sessions to help students integrate into college effectively.

Should you require support or equipment to assist you to study please contact the SEND team:

Susan Harris
Head of School, SEND and Foundation Studies
T: 01429 404031

Andrea Anderson 
Team Leader, School of SEND and Foundation Studies
T: 01429 404063

Michaela Knowlson
SEND Officer, School of SEND and Foundation Studies
T: 01429 857106

Lisa Brown
SEND and Foundation Studies Education Assistant
T: 01429 404058


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.