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Disability and Learning Support

With an impressive range of specialist programmes, modern support software and highly trained support staff, Hugh Baird College is in an excellent position to help students throughout their time at the College.

What We Can Offer

Specialist Tutors
Our tutors are specialists in teaching students with Autism, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments and Dyslexia. Our team also consists of signers qualified to the highest level.

Specialist Software
We have SuperNova, JAWS, Read and Write, Inspirations, MindView and a full range of inclusive technology available in College and on loan.

  • Supernova is a full screen reader that offers magnification, speech and Braille support, giving learners with visual impairments the freedom to access computer programs in the way that suits them best.
  • JAWS is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired learners to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a Braille display.
  • Read & Write is a dyslexic-friendly program that plays an audio voice of any text that has been highlighted on the screen. It also features a thesaurus, a dictionary and provides examples of when to use homophones. The StudySkills toolbar allows learners to improve their organisation and research skills.
  • Inspirations and MindView is a mind-mapping program to assist dyslexic students plan assignments and organise their thoughts onto paper.

Support Plans
Support plans are agreed between the students, the support staff and Study Programme Coordinators and remain flexible throughout the year.

Different Kinds of Support

In-class Academic Support Worker
This support can be offered on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. The Academic Support Worker (ASW) can help with note-taking, prompting, recapping the tutor's instructions and any practical activities. They can also help students with mobility problems in a classroom environment.

Additional Teaching Support Session
This is provided by a fully qualified support tutor on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. These sessions can help with reading, spelling, writing, homework, assignments, essays and improving your confidence. We can also use these sessions as specific support with a learning difficulty, for example, techniques to help dyslexic students improve their abilities.

Care Support
We have a fully qualified and experienced Care Team which support students before and after classes, during breaks and during lunch. We can support students' personal care needs and provide mobility assistance. The Care Team can also help students settle into college life for the first few weeks until they make new friends.

Course Fees
In accordance with guidelines from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), students who are aged 19+ with learning difficulties/disabilities can be offered a funded place on a Level 1 programme if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC).

Exam Concessions 
With supporting evidence, we can help you apply for exam concessions such as extra time, large print, the use of reader or a scribe, along with many other types of concessions.

Local Offer Information

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires Local Authorities to develop and maintain a ‘Local Offer’ of services for children and young people with special educational needs. This document provides necessary information about what additional support Hugh Baird College offers. Click here to download our local offer.

Dyslexia Quality Mark

We hold the prestigious Dyslexia Quality Mark to salute our support services for students with dyslexia. The mark is awarded following a rigorous inspection by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Among the support available to students with dyslexia is in-class support, specialist additional teaching and alternative exam arrangements including extra time and the use of technology. To find out more about our achievement of the Dyslexia Quality Mark, click here.