Learner Support Policy

1. Introduction

In accordance with the core values of the governing body, the learner support policy will comply with the basic principles of ethics, legality, prudence, equality, safety, timeliness, fairness, transparency and simplicity.

2. Aim

In order to ensure that the provision of learner support is appropriate to meet the principles set out above, our policy is to ensure that:

3. Process

We provide relevant pre-entry information and guidance about the contents, assessment and demands of each programme to enable effective selection of programmes of study

We provide information on the range of support services available and how to access these services. The level and breadth of support provided will be in accordance with an individual’s needs, the type of programme followed and the resources/funding available.

We encourage all prospective students, or their sponsors, to discuss their learning needs and aspirations with AFDA staff prior to selection of their primary programme of study to assist in planning appropriate learner support. Learners have an opportunity to disclose any learning difficulties/disabilities on application and/or at enrolment or at any time during their time with AFDA.

Individual learner needs are reviewed and identified at the start of their programme of study and appropriate resources and/or strategies provided to respond to those needs effectively, through an Individual Learning Plan.

On-programme tutor/tutorial support (as appropriate to mode of attendance) is available to monitor student progress to achievement and, where necessary, individuals to refer to a range of specialist support provision to assist them to maintain their level of achievement.

Ongoing support, advice and counselling is available centrally and promoted to support individuals to follow the appropriate progression route and to help and advise with social and financial issues.

Reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that all learner needs are met at every stage of the pre-entry, enrolment and on-programme process.

4. Monitoring and Review

The Principal will receive a report as required from the Senior Leaders. This report will contain a review of progress in implementing the policy and include recommendations for revision of the policy where appropriate. The Learner Support Policy will be reviewed two yearly by the Principal and Directors.