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Courses 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 Shoreditch Campus, we have specialist facilities and staff which support people with varied levels learning difficulties and disabilities, inlcuding profound and multiple disabilities as well as autism.

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.

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

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

Click here to view our courses for people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities

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 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.

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

Read more here.

HCC is proud to be a post-16 Specialist Provider

Hackney Community College: Specialist Provider

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:

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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