Learning Support and Inclusion Manager
After taking a career break to have her family, Beth initially pursued a career in childcare, gaining an NVQ Level 4 in Childcare. Having run a nursery school for a number of years, Beth joined Reading College as a Learning Support Assistant, seeking more professional challenges. This led to enrolling onto teacher training and eventually managing the work experience team in LLD/D.
Beth became Inclusion and Learning and Support Manager in 2011. She now manages a team of 30, which is made up of an Inclusion and ALS co-ordinator, Exam arrangements co-ordinator, Dyslexia team, Student coaches and a number of Learning support assistants.
The team supports on average 500 students with conditions including dyslexia, ASD and mental health, physical disabilities and more complex difficulties. This service ensures that all students with Special Needs and Disabilities and complex conditions can access their educational entitlement. The team also represents Reading College at multi-disciplinary and Local Authority meetings, ensuring that any student withdrawals are managed by a panel so students have the best possible representation. Students are assessed for exam concessions, including technology aids, by the team.
Inclusion and ALS Co-ordinator
Following a successful career in the financial services sector, Tina joined the Inclusion team at Reading College in 2009. She has been helping to support students with additional needs as Inclusion and ALS Coordinator.
Tina works with the Inclusion team to ensure all students in need of support are identified, helping co-ordinate the logistics of putting the relevant support in place. The support process starts at application and continues throughout enrolment and on course. When necessary, it remains in place until students have successfully completed their chosen course. The support offered is tailored to meet each student’s individual needs.
She also supports the Inclusion Manager and the ALS Manager, collating financial information for Local Authorities about the support offered to high needs learners at Reading College.
Learning Support Assistant
Ivie is part of a team of over fiteen learning support assistants whose role is to provide dedicated classroom academic support to students with learning support needs.
Our learning support assistants work with students from all different backgrounds and ability levels. The support offered can generally consist of either group support where an LSA would potentially support two or more students in a class or 1-1 intensive support. Learning support assistants often have experience and skills in teaching, coaching or class support.
Ivie, like the rest of our LSA team, is driven to provide the necessary support to help learners achieve their maximum potential. To ensure our LSA team can support our learners to achieve their best, Reading College provides them with inspiring CPD sessions, in house training and mentoring.
Lead student coach of Inclusion
After obtaining his A levels at Reading College, Matt gained a degree at the University of Winchester. He began a career in supporting young people, ranging from coaching local football teams to running after school projects. In 2013, Matt returned to Reading College as a Learning support assistant, working with students from the LLDD and Foundation departments right up to GCSE and A-levels.
In 2014, Matt became the Student Coach at Reading College, a position which entailed the academic, pastoral and administrative support of students with a wide range of learning support needs.
Matt currently holds the position of Lead Student coach in the Inclusion team. In this role he is also responsible for supporting the growth and development of a team of student coaches and learning support assistants through staff mentoring, coaching and training. He is also a member of the Reading College Safeguarding team and the Activate Learning coaching and mentoring programme.
Roger left technical college with A levels in Computer Science and Maths to start working at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. It was at this time that the laboratory were developing packet switched networking which was later to be used for the Internet.
His computing career included programming traffic control systems and gas telemetry and control systems. He later moved into technical support for Hewlett Packard and managed their UK technical consultancy group.
Roger has had a number of roles since joining Reading College, including teaching Access to HE - IT and Level 3 Key skills in IT. He is currently a coordinator for Creative Arts and Exam access arrangements.
Student coach, Construction and motor vehicle
After a successful career in the financial sector, Kim wanted a change of direction and applied for a role supporting young people.
She then took part in a wide range of volunteer-run schemes to improve the quality of lives for young people. Kim’s next step was to work for the youth service at the local authority, whilst achieving an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in youth and community work.
Kim has a wide range of experience working with young people aged 13-25 with a wide range of learning support and additional needs. She has also spent time working alongside LAC and Youth Offending Teams to support young people.
Currently, Kim works as a student coach at Reading College, where she offers academic and pastoral support to students with a range of needs.