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The Local Offer

Is a way to make it easier for you to find out more about services available to children and young people from birth to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. Local Authorities must publish a Local Offer.

For more information on the Local Offer Click here.

Support at North Shropshire College

We recognise that everyone’s needs are unique and will work with students to identify any barriers that exist and make every effort to overcome them. The College wants all students to have the same opportunities to achieve their full potential.

The Student Services Department at North Shropshire College College is dedicated to helping you maximise your potential and reach your goals.

We can provide support for learners of all the college sites, in the classroom and in the wider college environment, with education, training and social and support.

We work in partnership with teaching staff to provide a holistic approach to supporting learners, which is regularly reviewed and our aim, where possible, is to guide the learner towards independence.

If you have any kind of learning difficulty or disability, we can offer tailored support to match your individual circumstances, all within an inclusive College community.

You can talk to us about your needs before you apply to College, at enrollment or at any time during your course. We’ll be happy to help.

Email us at: or Call: 01691 688000/01939 262100 for Learning Support and Financial Support.


Support for learners with Dyslexia

Dyslexia assessment and support is offered to students across North Shropshire College by a team of internal and external specialist staff.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a condition which affects the processing of language, particularly written language. It is estimated that approximately 6% of the population have mild to moderate dyslexic tendencies, and a further 4% are severely dyslexic.

“Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be life-long in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities.”

British Dyslexia Association

People with dyslexia can have difficulties:

  • In spelling, reading and writing
  • In personal organisation
  • With processing information
  • With their short-term memory
  • Dyslexia affects all kinds of people regardless of their race or social class and is independent of I.Q.

What Kinds of Support can The Support Team offer?

Some of the areas that we may be able to help with are:

  • Completion of a dyslexia screening test
  • Formal Assessment for dyslexia by a specialist
  • One-to-one Specialist support sessions
  • Course Tutor liaison on your behalf
  • Organisational, Time Management and Study skills
  • Provision of Assistive Software where appropriate
  • Assessment for Visual Stress
  • Assessment for access arrangements for examinations

If you think you may be dyslexic and have never been formally assessed, we can arrange for you to have an initial interview and complete a Dyslexia Screening Test.

The main purpose of the interview and assessment is to provide some initial information relating to the difficulties that you may be experiencing. This assessment will not give you the formal diagnosis of dyslexia, but it will allow us to advise you on seeking a full formal assessment.


“Without the support I receive I would have felt lost. The dyslexia support service is fantastic and I have continued to receive support all the way to the end of my course.” Access to HE

“I have dyslexia and could have found the coursework difficult to do but I get fantastic support from my learning mentor and my organisational skills have really improved. She has been a great help to me and I see her each week.” Equine

“When I started at College I was reassessed and as a result I was given some extra support from the learning mentor. I get help with writing and with research and it make a big difference. I would recommend Walford campus to anyone who has dyslexia as there is plenty of help and support available.” Agriculture


Support for learners with Dyscalculia

Assessment and support is offered by specialist staff, to students at North Shropshire College who have dyscalculia.

What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire mathematical skills. Learners with Dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence. People with dyscalculia can have difficulties:

  • With numbers and the number system: learners can have an impaired sense of number size. This may affect tasks involving estimating numbers in a collection and comparing numbers.
  • Navigating back and forth, especially in twos, threes or more.
  • Translating between number words, where powers of ten are expressed by new names (ten, hundred, thousand).

What Kinds of Support can the College offer?

  • Assessment with a specialist tutor
  • Small group support sessions
  • Support exploring different learning styles

If you think you may have dyscalculia and have never been formally assessed, we can arrange for you to have an initial interview to discuss a possible assessment.


Support for learners with Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia assessment and support is offered to students across North Shropshire College by specialist staff.

What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia sometimes known as Developmental Coordination Disabilities (DCD) is a condition which affects the organisation of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly transmitted.

The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means ‘doing acting’. Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with difficulties in perception, language and thought.

Dyspraxia is thought to affect up to ten per cent of the population and up to two per cent severely. Males are four times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes overlaps with other difficulties like Dyslexia or Autism. It used to be known as Clumsy Child Syndrome.

People with dyspraxia can have difficulties:

  • With planning and organisation
  • In sequencing information
  • With processing information and following instructions
  • With their short-term memory
  • With concentration

What Kinds of Support can The Team offer?

  • Assessment with a specialist tutor
  • Small group support sessions
  • Sport with study skills
  • Support with planning assignments
  • Support exploring different learning styles
  • If you think you may have dyspraxia it would be wise to contact your GP as a medical assessment may be required.

For more information, contact Julie Westcott, EHCP Coordinator via 01939 262169 or email: 

For 16-18 Advance students, please contact Jacqueline Formstone via 01691 688000 or email: