Assessment of Needs

Identifying and evidencing the additional support needs of learners with SEND is one of the major challenges facing education and training providers. Yet accurate identification of need and of appropriate support solutions has tangible impact on learner retention and progress rates.

Our approach of knitting together the analysis of screening tools and diagnostic assessments with evidenced individualised support plans ensures that your learners are connected to the support and interventions that they need to thrive and progress.

Both diagnosed and undiagnosed learning needs can be supported subject to a professional needs assessment by our Case Managers. Our Case Managers are experienced Disability Needs Assessors with the knowledge, training and skills to support and assess the needs of SEND learners and to recommend appropriate support options to address barriers and additional learning needs that these learners may have.

Initial contact between a training provider and ourselves will normally be via nominated leads in both organisations. Once a partnership has been agreed between both parties, a Training Provider will be allocated a dedicated Case Manager who will be responsible for co-ordinating all activity from contact with key staff and learners, through to support being agreed and delivered.

Case Managers:
  • Liaise with clients and learners throughout.
  • Arrange assessment of needs processes. This might include arranging for learner access to Do-It neurodiversity profilers and/or completing evidence reviews.
  • Lead additional needs Assessment Meetings with learners which discuss learning support options (Assistive software, equipment and specialist learning support).
  • Write and agree an individualised Support Plan detailing what support has been agreed for the learner. This will be signed off and agreed by the learner and the training provider.
  • Provide monthly progress reviews of support and maintain client contact throughout.
  • The Case Manager will also be the first point of contact for training providers moving forwards.

Recommended support is targeted to ensure learners are not disadvantaged by any barriers that would impact on their learning.

Support can be for a limited time or for the whole of the duration of a learner’s course, including gateway and EPA (End Point Assessment).