At HRC, we welcome those with learning disabilities and/or difficulties. We aim to provide the most effective support to help achieve their goals. To support this, we will be flexible and match the support to each learner’s individual needs.
For learners on mainstream courses with learning difficulties and/or disabilities such as deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, physical disabilities, medical conditions and dyslexia, please see our Learning Support page for further information on how we can support you during your chosen course.
We also have a range of courses for Inclusive Learning, which can be viewed here. These are designed for learners with moderate learning difficulties to prepare for employability and further education.
We also offer courses that are designed to prepare young people with severe learning difficulties for the responsibilities of adulthood. These specialised courses are run in our purpose built Millbrook building in Ware, with its own courtyard. Our courses include:
- Learning for Living Entry 1 – 1 Year Course
- Learning for Living and Work Entry 2 – 1 Year Course
- Launch to Work Entry 3 – 2 Year Course
These courses aim to build upon personal confidence and social skills, independent living skills and skills for life and work. You can find out more about these courses here.
Students are taught in small groups and follow an individual learning programme. We aim to meet the needs of students through the development of communication skills, functional skills in English, maths and ICT, practical skills, volunteering, independent travel training and employability skills.
All students are supported throughout the day, during lunch and break times including personal care, as appropriate to their individual needs, by our experienced and supportive staff team.
Students are allocated a personal tutor when they join us and parents/carers work in partnership with us to regularly discuss student progress, achievements and reviews. We can also refer families for further support and advice to The Transition Team, Connexions and external agencies if needed.
The courses on offer include various activities in the community and we have strong links with Lee Valley Park Farm, Broxbourne Woods, Riversmead Housing Association and Hertfordshire Constabulary Police Force. Our community partnerships provide valuable opportunities for practicing real life and work skills for our students in art, drama, woodwork and catering experiences.
A recent community project involved our learners undertaking activities at Lee Valley Regional Park, which involved removing a large amount of vegetation from an area which had been unkempt for some years.
Chris Aspin, North Ranger of Parklands & Venues expressed ‘The comments I’ve had from the park users whilst I’ve been on site have been very complementary. I can see how the students benefitted from doing this task; with their varied disabilities they all managed to work together, coordinated their skills and visibly enjoyed themselves’.