Going to a College is exciting as you will have made a choice about your future. There are lots of colleges within the area that the Council works with but the main college Waltham Forest College is where many of our students go to.
Please see below the frequently asked questions about colleges?
How Do I know which college I should go to?
When choosing a college you should think firstly about what is available locally. This will enable you to have a social life as you will make friends who are more likely to live closer to you.
When choosing a college you should think about what courses they offer. How far away is it? How will I get there?
Is it the right course for you?
Does the College offer the course that you want to do? Will it help you to make progress to the next level? Will it help you to gain a job, become more independent or gain a specific skill?
Do you meet the entry criteria?
Look at the course requirements and see what they are. Sometimes the College will make exceptions and may ask you to do an entry test to show that you can manage the course requirements.
How Do you apply for the course?
Contact the college and make an application based on their guidance. The college will also assist you with making an application. Ask your parents and APRO to support you with your application.
How will your support be funded?
Before you go to college, your APRO will discuss with you and your family at your annual review the types of courses that may be available to you . They will support you with your application and will make sure that your EHCP is up to date.
The college may/normally ask you to come in for a discussion to see how they can meet your support needs. Once they have agreed this they will send in a funding application to the Disability Enablement Service, preparing for Adulthood Panel (PfA), which will assess this in exercising the Council’s responsibilities.
The PfA panel is made up of education, health and social care officers and independent impartial providers will then discuss the funding requested by the college, and agree an appropriate level of funding to enable you to meet your needs at College.
Why does the PfA panel do this?
The panel does this for a number of reasons:
- The Council has a budget and is responsible to the public to ensure that it achieves value for money and that the needs of all young people are met.
- The Council is responsible for making sure that the programme you are on provides real outcomes and allows you to progress.
- The Council will only agree to fund for support that is highlighted in your EHCP.
What happens if I want to continue in the second year?
- The panel only agrees funding for one year at a time as it is dependent on funding from the Education Funding Agency, which is the Government funding agency.
- Each year the panel will consider whether to agree to continue the funding for your learning.
- The panel will start reviewing your progress at college in January with the FE college, by May the panel will ask the college to make certain that it has your progress and review of learning.
- Each case then goes through the PfA panel will consider funding for the following year.
Why will my funding not be continued?
The PfA panel will not agree funding if they identify that:
- You are not happy with the course.
- The course does not stretch you enough
- The course does not give you any progression opportunities
Provision that is graded as unsatisfactory by OFSTED will not be funded.