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Post-16 SEND (for people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities)

Welcome to Hackney Community College.

Our campus is secure and safe and is shared by learners of all abilities. This inclusive environment means that students with disabilities and / or learning difficulties can develop confidence through their day-to-day college activities.

Within the spacious campus, we have specialist facilities and staff which support people with varied levels learning difficulties and disabilities, including profound and multiple disabilities as well as autism.

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Our variety of courses are wrapped up with additional hours to focus on independent living skills. These include skills such as travel training, alongside speech and language development and educational psychology support with specialists who our students love to work with.

Our students also develop skills for work, and even go onto work placements and supported employment opportunities.

We make learning fun, and have a range of extra activities that students can get involved with.

Post-16 SEN Programmes

It may be useful for you to see this Post-16 SEN courses section of our Study Programmes prospectus. It tells you a bit about the following pathways:

  • Communication pathway: Discovery
  • Life skills pathway: Towards Independence
  • Pathways to Work: Vocational Explorer
  • Pathways to Work: Into Work

To have a chat about which pathway is most suitable for you, just call us on 020 7613 9123 or email info@hackney.ac.uk and we’ll put you in touch with our friendly Post-16 SEN team.

Post-16 SEN students progress to and succeed in courses across the college, from catering to construction trades; from media to science!

Inclusion and Learning Support for all students at HCC

This link will take you to our Inclusion and Learning Support page.

Post-16 SEN Student News

Our students study hard, are recognised for their contribution to the college community, and take part in a great range of activities as part of their college experience…

Molly’s winning feast


Two HCC entry level catering students showed off their culinary skills at London’s Inclusive Skills Competition and talented trainee chef Molly Wilson scooped an award!

Pop-up cream tea roof garden


Congratulations for a great Grand Opening. Cream teas in the sunshine! Students and staff have worked brilliantly together to prepare the summer pop-up Roof Garden.

Mehmet Teke: Inspiration to Others Award


Mehmet was recognised at the Hackney Community College Annual Student Awards event 2016 for his enthusiasm for learning; gaining life skills and striving to succeed in all that he tries. Congratulations!

At the Barbican: Photography, public speaking and book launch!


Students worked on a photography and public speaking project with the Barbican. Their photos are published and on sale at the Barbican and there are copies in the British Library! This rewarding project demonstrated progress in many of the students’ personal targets

Shakespeare in 400 seconds: Shown on the big screen!


(HCC is not responsible for other films on Youtube.)
The department celebrated two winning entries in the college’s Shakespeare in 400 Seconds competition. Towards Independence and Vocational Explorer students’ own versions of Romeo and Juliet not only won prizes, they were screened in public as part of the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival!

Cricketing success!


This talented team of students won the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships at the Oval, and also scooped three out of five awards, including Player of the Year for Richard Barnes! They were also awarded the HCC Teamwork award 2016 by the Principal.

Michael’s winning film


Michael Hogarth was awarded the Young Judges’ Choice for his thought-provoking film encouraging people to give up smoking, in the Hackney Cut Films 2015 competition!

Britain’s Biggest Breakfast


The Towards Independence group prepared and served breakfast for students and staff across the college, and raised money for charity, as part of Britain’s Biggest Breakfast.

Talent on the main stage


Students practised hard and performed at the college’s Summer Skills Show.

New skills and keeping fit with Judo


Our students enjoy the full sports facilities of the college, with regular sessions to learn new skills and keep fit!

Disabling Disabilities exhibition


Students expressed great creative talent, working with professional artists and creating work through re-using and recycling materials, show-cased in an impressive exhibition.

Working in partnership to support our local Orthodox Jewish community

Working with Kisharon Hackney Community College is able to provide high quality teaching and support for Orthodox Jewish students who have learning difficulties and / or disabilities. The community-based facility in the Brenner Community Centre offers unprecedented opportunities for HCC @ Kisharon students to become more independent and learn valuable new life skills.

The unique partnership was highly commended at the Times Educational Supplement FE Awards 2016 for its contribution to the local community.

HCC@Kisharon students, aged 16-25, study in specially equipped rooms. Their classes focus on citizenship; independent living skills, preparation for work, practical literacy and numeracy and IT.

In addition to class-based activities, the students benefit from Kisharon’s employment programmes and work placements, and the ethics-based (Torah) studies central to the traditional Jewish way of life in Stamford Hill and nearby locality.

Dr Beverley Jacobson, Chief Executive of Kisharon shares her story from a parent / campaigner’s perspective on disability – Forty years helping those with learning disabilities live as equals.

HCC @ Kisharon was officially opened by Iain Duncan Smith, MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Read more here.

Highly Commended: Times Educational Supplement Award 2016!

Can you offer work to a young person with learning difficulties?

Are you an employer who can give young people with learning difficulties access to work? Find out more here

Speak up for yourself and your future

This case study produced for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) follows a group of six HCC learners with severe learning disabilities. They took part in a programme entitled ‘Speak up For Yourself and your Future’, designed to support person-centred planning and inform a curriculum focused on goals and choices for adult life.
Download the full case study document here
The following films make up part of the case study:

AoC Beacon Award winner: Inclusive Learning

Parents' feedback

“My son is like a different person since attending the college. His independent skills have improved so much. He is now able to travel on his own and enjoys the work placements arranged by Kisharon.”

“My daughter has settled quickly at the college. I’m really pleased that she is coming home talking about English and Maths, which previously she had struggled with.”

“As my son has complex needs it wasn’t clear if progress could be made, but the team understand him and get the best out of him.”

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