What can College offer young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?
Please click on the links below for information about the local colleges and details of their provisions.
Links are provided to open day information, virtual tours or YouTube Channels or videos to provide further information.
NATSPEC DIRECTORY - Link to The Natspec Colleges Directory The Voice of specialist further education.
Links to Preparing for Adulthood useful resources and Information.
The Meadowfield 6th Form is based at Ufton Lane, in Sittingbourne for students in Years 12, 13 and 14.
Our newly designed curriculum is based on the Preparing for Adulthood Outcomes; Employment, Community, Independence and Good Health.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01795 477788
Website: MidKent College
Contact emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidstone reception 01622 691555
Medway reception 01634 383000
Course enquires 01634 402020
Website - Sheppey College
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 01795 581581
Ensuring your young person gets the best education and the right support to continue their progression is core to our Group’s approach. In order to achieve that, we’ve designed a range of courses which are designed to ensure your young person develops the skills they need to progress seamlessly through our curriculum offering.
This will depend on the pathway they choose to follow, rather than the level they start on. This could see them progress from the Supported Learning department on to vocational programmes or a supported internship, which would see your young person developing their employability skills in a workplace.
Website - Canterbury College
Website: Supported Learning
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01227 811111
Website - Ashford College
We offer a route that offers pathways to progression for students who are uncertain about their career options, or those who have a negative view on school education.
The pathways focus on providing an individualised learning programme (ILP) for students, identifying those who need additional support and guidance or those who need
to develop their interpersonal and social skills as well as their literacy, numeracy and work skills.
Contact phone: 01233 743100
A vocational training centre that delivers a range of vocational courses for young people.
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 01233 622958
Website - www.hadlow.ac.uk
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01732 850551
LINK19 College is a specialist post-19 institution for 19 to 25year old learners which offers full-time study programmes that provide individualised learning experiences.
Website: Link 19 College
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01474 555799
Post 16 Education for Young people with SEND.
Day and Residential places. Respite and short breaks
Website: Mount Camp Hill
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01924 255281
Orpheus believes that disabled people should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. We aim to equip young disabled people with the skills and confidence they need in order to live independent and fulfilling lives. We use the performing arts to empower young adults with disabilities by developing communication, social interaction and other independence skills.
Website: Orpheus College
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 01883 744644
We are an innovative and creative school for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Website: St Piers College
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Phone: 01342 832243
Aurora Foxes is a very special place.
We believe in changing lives and giving our students the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully shape their own futures.
Our mission is to equip young adults with learning disabilities to find sustainable employment in the hospitality sector and to live independently.
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01643 708529 Ext 1027
To us every individual is unique. Beacon Plus aims to value, support and challenge its learners so that they can achieve success. We support learners to develop in all aspects of life in line with the preparing for adulthood framework. Beacon Plus provides flexible pathways, offering a range of accreditations that are adapted to meet each learner’s needs, while increasing their independence at a personalised pace.
Contact Phone: 01303 395041
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Independence and Employability Skills
Website: West Kent College
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01732 358101
Chailey Heritage Foundation provides education and care services and is one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young people with complex neurodisabilities.
Most of the young people accessing our services have severe cerebral palsy, many have visual and/or other sensory impairments. All are wheelchair users and very few have verbal communication.
Our expertise is in maximising independence and choice, developing effective communication and providing powered mobility opportunities
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 01825723723
The Fenner Frost Foundation provides a service for people with learning disabilities who want to:
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 07551 843177
The Fifth Trust is a Kent-based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities.
We provide day care services on two sites in the Elham Valley near Canterbury for around 150 students.
We focus on helping our students to strengthen their life skills, building their confidence and independence so they can make their own choices, large or small.
The Freedom Centre is an educational day centre, based in Sheerness, for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01795 666233
The intended outcomes from Grow 19 are to increase the opportunities for employment and independent adulthood for a range of young adults with significant needs whose statutory education was within a specialist setting.
We aim to give all of our young people opportunities to discover new ways, new skills and knowledge that engage them, develop them and will lead to them being exceptionally well prepared for their next steps and a positive, meaningful future.
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01732 848289
Symbol Connect and Hopyard services
Daycare Services, Supported Living
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01622 859216
Ignition Support supports people with a learning disability, to learn and experience a wide range of automotive mechanic procedures.
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01634 786480
6 - 8 Revenge Road
Residential Care Services
Contact email: Referrals@Independencehomes.co.uk
Contact phone: 01883331777
Daycare on a farm, supported living.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01227 478564
Mentoring and Educational Support
KMS offers education for Post 16 students who may not yet be ready to progress onto a mainstream college, employment,
training or apprenticeship. KMS provides a nurturing learning environment with small group sizes.
Our aim is to develop learning skills, confidence and self-esteem so learners are able to: develop literacy skills, develop
numeracy skills, develop social and communication skills, prepare for adulthood, prepare for the world of work and opportunities for work experience.
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 07936 243771
Daycare, supported living, respite, support to parents
Contact email: Office@kentautistic.com
Contact Phone: 01634 405168
KCC Travel Training
Independent Travel Training
Contact emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Contact Phone: 03000 418484
Kent Pathways Service
The Kent Pathways Service supports adults with a learning disability to become more independent.
Contact email: Iwona.Karpierz@kent.gov.uk
Contact Phone: 03000 410800
Provides day care for adults with learning difficulties, in a rural farm setting near Staplehurst in Kent.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 07921 917289
Help young people aged 16-25 develop employability and life skills in a fun and friendly way, using a combination of activities, hands-on learning and unique teaching methods.
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01843 446906
At Nacro we believe in supporting all of our students to be the best. Our courses are delivered by friendly teachers and specialists in small groups
who give each student the time and care they deserve. That’s why our students outperform industry averages and why 8 out of 10 go on to work,
an apprenticeship or further learning when they leave.
We are England’s largest independent training provider of education and skills to 16–18 year olds and are rated Good by Ofsted.
At Nacro Chatham, you can choose from a range of courses and learn in a way that suits you. You can carry on learning and we can help you to
apply for a job. You can choose from: Building and construction, Business skills and customer care, Childcare, Employment skills, English and maths,
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), GCSE English and maths, Hair and beauty, Mechanics and engineering, Retail.
Contact Phone: 01634 402 761
Address: 55 Second Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 5AU
The Study Programme is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and works to the standard academic calendar but in every other way feels very different to school or college.
It offers young people aged 16 – 18 (and 19 – 24 with an EHCP) the chance to build up their personal, social and academic skills and confidence so that they can move on positively with their lives. In a small, friendly and supportive environment, our specialist team deliver personalised sessions in work and life skills, English and Maths over a full timetable of learning and activities. All of our young people gain experience of the world of work through guest speakers, outings, taster work sessions and placements according to their personalised plans. Each individual works towards their own personal and academic goals over the appropriate period of time needed as far as possible. Various levels of Functional Skills qualifications (EL1 - L2) and GCSEs in English and Maths can be achieved under the Study Programme. All of our young people also have access to a qualified in-house counsellor and will be mentored and supported according to their needs by all staff.
Typically, the graduates of The Study Programme move into traineeships, apprenticeships, college or employment and it is the normal practise of the staff to stay in touch beyond graduation to offer support and advice as required. Depending on circumstances, bursaries are available to help cover transport, lunch and other costs that might prevent a young person from attending the course.
Contact emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Contact Phone: 01797 367455
We’re aimed for students aged 16-18 and 19+ who have previously fallen out of formal education and are vulnerable or disadvantaged. We help our wonderful students re-engage with learning and then give them the skills and qualifications to get into further education or the music business.
Over 90% of our students have ASD or learning difficulty and many have suffered from trauma and/or sexual, physical or verbal abuse.
Dan Broad, Centre Manager
Hannah Goslett, SEN Manager
Address: SupaJam Education in Music & Media, St Marys Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7TE
BTEC courses in land-based studies for young students who have additional educational needs, in an informal, rural environment with a low student/teacher ratio.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 01732 761888 or 07778156513
Woodpecker Court is an alternative education provider with specialist post 16 status. We are set in a rural location.
We believe that every student is different and treated as an individual and therefore vary our practices to support them holistically.
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 01304 830958
At Craftworks we believe everyone can make a contribution to society, no matter their ability or background. Each person is of value. We provide a practical learning experience aimed to enhance skills, provide qualifications, and equip young people for a positive next step into adulthood. We work with students who have Education and Health Care plans, and those who prefer to learn through project-based work, and incorporate the maths and English qualifications within these projects.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oaks is a specialist college established in 2018 and is already a successful provision for 18 to 25 year olds with learning difficulties in Kent and East Sussex.
We work closely with a number of employers and other organisations to ensure that the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in college are applied in the “real world” so that every learner makes clear progress and develops into a young person who is respected and valued in their community and is confident and able to contribute fully. On leaving The Oaks our young people will gain employment, further training or meaningful volunteering roles and be able to live their life more independently – with less dependency on others as they continue to develop, mature and thrive.