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Are you an employer who can give young people with learning difficulties access to work? Find out more here
Welcome to Hackney Community College. We’re incredibly proud to have received the AoC Beacon Award for Inclusive Learning and we wanted to share with you some of the fantastic reasons for studying with us.
Our campus is secure and safe and is shared by learners of all abilities. This inclusive environment means that people with disabilities and / or learning difficulties can gain confidence with every day activities.
Within the spacious Shoreditch Campus, we have specialist accommodation and teachers to help people with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. These include profound and multiple as well as autism.
- A member of staff who will meet you when you arrive at College each day and take you to your lesson
- Help with buying your lunch, so you get used to dealing with money
- Experience with how to safely prepare and cook healthy food and lots of one-to-one support to help you with your individual needs.
Our variety of courses are wrapped up with additional hours to focus on independent living skills. These include speech and language development, travel training, educational psychology support and onsite specialists, such as a speech and language therapist.
We also have a course specifically designed to support students with employment skills, helping them to be job ready. We work very closely with local businesses and charities to provide work placements and supported employment opportunities.
We make learning fun – and have a range of extra activities that students can get involved with. We work closely with community partners on various projects, including horticulture, dance and film. You can also take part in fun things like:
- Art and design
- Gardening as well as
- Trips to theatres
Whether someone wants to go on to higher level courses, get employment, or develop their independent living skills, we’re here to help them achieve that goal. So come and have a look round the College and speak to us about how we can help you with your individual needs. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
High needs partnership for Hackney's Orthodox Jewish community
Working with Kisharon we provide the same high quality teaching and support for students living in the Orthodox Jewish community who have learning difficulties and / or disabilities.
The community-based facility provides unprecedented opportunities for young Orthodox Jewish people who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, to become more independent and learn valuable new life skills.
The students, who are aged 16-25, study in the specially equipped rooms in the Brenner Community Centre in Stamford Hill. Their classes focus on citizenship; independent living skills, preparation for work, practical literacy and numeracy and IT. Expert, experienced staff from Hackney Community College work at the centre three days a week.
In addition to class-based activities, the students benefit from hands-on work placements, domestic and catering training (in custom-made kitchens), as well as accessible ethics-based (Torah) studies central to the traditional Jewish way of life in Stamford Hill and nearby locality. The students also take part in employment programmes run by Kisharon from the Brenner Community Centre.
Wanted: Employers to give young people with learning difficulties access to work.
Help young people with learning difficulties prepare for the world of work by offering them a temporary placement at your business.
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: