Gloucestershire College supports the transition to college through film
Gloucestershire College is aiming to help young people who have SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) transition from school to college, with a series of accessible videos showcasing the support available to them, their families and carers.
Four videos have been created outlining the Gloucestershire College local offer, using sign language, subtitles, voice over and animation. The short films are the brainchild of the College’s SEND Transition and Review Lead, Joe Hibbert, and were created in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Deaf Association.
Joe said: “The transition from school to post-16 education can be a huge step for young people with SEND, as well as their parents. Our local offer is an important tool in empowering them to make the right choice regarding where to study and informing them of the support available to them.
“The GC local offer outlines the ways in which the College supports students with special educational needs and disabilities to become more independent, develop skills and live fulfilled lives.
“However the 12 page document is not accessible for some students and parents, which inspired me to create four video versions breaking down our support offer into manageable sections, which are accessible to all.”
The videos are centred around the four themes of college life, planning for your needs, supporting you and keeping in touch with parents and carers. They can be viewed by visiting the Local Offer (SEND) section of the GC website: www.gloscol.ac.uk/localoffer
Joe, who is a member of the College’s dedicated SEND Transitions Team, goes into schools to liaise with SEND students from age 14 upwards, with the aim of becoming a familiar face and helping to preparing them for their next steps from school.
He said: “I developed the videos with the help of GC staff, in the hope that they will open up a dialogue between parents and students, who can watch them when considering continuing their education at Gloucestershire College and ahead of visiting us.
“We are the only training provider in the country to convert our SEND local offer into film and we are constantly looking for ways to make the move to college easier for young people with additional learning needs, using technology.
“Earlier this year we launched a virtual tours function on our website, which allows prospective students to explore our facilities with a 360° tour of our campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Hopefully projects like these will attract more SEND students, especially from the hearing impaired community, to our unrivalled SEND support and facilities.”
Prospective students and their families can take a virtual tour of Gloucestershire College by visiting this page of the website: www.gloscol.ac.uk/virtualtour
The Gloucestershire College Local Offer can also be found in the local directory off SEND services on the GlosFamilies Local Offer Website.