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SEN Support

City College Peterborough although a mainstream provision sets out to ensure any learners with SEND are correctly catered for to ensure accessibility across all our courses. This includes ensuring any existing exam arrangements are in place and that EHCP provision is followed.

Meet our special education needs team

Here at City College Peterborough we have a team dedicated to the support of our Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners. Our team are highly experienced and committed to delivering expectational support to our SEN learners.


Hello, my name is Leonie and I am the SEN Curriculum Manager at City College. I oversee the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities SEND department, this can include working with the local authorities, parents and schools to ensure all learners are given an equal opportunity within their educational journey.


My name is Kim Kassam and I am a Progress Coach and Teaching Assistant Mentor within the SEND Department based at the John Mansfield Campus. I work to support the completion and maintaining of the Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)reviews. I also mentor the Teaching Assistants to ensure that they are confident in giving high quality support to all of our learners.


Hi my name is Carleen and I am a Progress coach and Recruitment officer for City College Special Educational Needs Department. My role is to ensure your EHCP needs are met, plans are maintained and to remove any barriers, so you can successfully learn with us. I liaise with other educational settings support and plan transition and attend career events.

We encourage independence

Our main role as a college is to prepare young people for life as an adult and this is a theme that needs to run through all parts of their education.

We know taking this step can be daunting for young people and carers alike, but our SEND department will be there every step of the way to ensure this is managed at a pace that suits the individual. The SEND team can help support young people into their own suitable path whether this is employment, apprenticeships, supported living or social/ day opportunities.

Courses to help fulfil your potential

Skills for Independence

A course designed to build your confidence, self-esteem and independence. As part of Skills For Independence (SFI), you will have lessons on life skills, health, fitness and wellbeing, and maths and English. All lessons are tailored to YOUR needs with plenty of staff support.


Are you on the Autistic Spectrum? SEA is designed to help you build confidence, develop communication skills, explore new skills, work with others and develop social skills in order to transition to a vocational course at the college.

Step Up

These courses provide a pathway into further learning, self-development, employment and volunteering opportunities. The aim is to give you the confidence you need to lead a more independent and active life with access to a bigger and better future.

Supported Internships

If you are aged 16-24 and have a statement of special educational need or an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) then our Supported Internship is designed to prepare you for a range of work opportunities. Our supportive teachers and job coaches will help you develop your confidence, independence, employability, and work skills.

Supporting your transition

We work with surrounding schools and colleges to make sure any transition runs as smooth as possible and in line with the young person’s needs.

Our SEND and Wellbeing teams often do school visits to share college opportunities with Peterborough’s young people and toward the end of academic years will run transition sessions so learners can experience college life before the big move in September, these sessions let new learners meet tutors and support staff to help make that change a little less daunting in the new term.

Our transitions can be personalised where needed depending on SEND needs, talk to our SEND department for more details on 01733 761 361 (ask for the SEND team)

Local Offer

The local offer is provided to residents by each council as an overview of what is currently available for SEND young people. Local authorities work with schools, colleges, and specialist provisions to gather information of what courses and support is currently on offer in the area.

Early Help

Early Help provides person-centred support to help families thrive within the community and in everyday life. Early help is not the intervention of social services but instead a gateway into receiving support that could benefit young people and help them engage within education and adulthood preparation.

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