Stephenson College has high aspirations for all young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

We aim to raise the careers aspirations of our students, to broaden their employment horizons and support them in preparing for the next phase of education or training and beyond.  Young people with SEND and/or have an EHCP have access to impartial advice about all of the education, training and employment opportunities that are on offer, including specialist provision.

As part of Stephenson College's SEND provision we offer programmes for young people who are unsure about which direction to take for the future and those who may need additional support ot achieve their goals. 

Courses are suitable for those who may have a range of mild learning difficulties and/or disabilities. During the course students will focus on personal and social development as well as enhancing their emplyability skills.

Skills for Life - Independent Living

On this programme learners will practice skills to improve confidence in travelling independently, communication and life skills. Learners will also be given the opportunity to learn new experiences with taster sessions in sport, hair and beauty, painting and decorating, building and horticulture as well as english and maths. 

Skills for Work - Personal and Social Development

On this programme learners will practice and develop independent living skills during the course and this will include; travelling independently, managing money, cooking and communication skills. Learners will also be given the opportunity to learn new experiences with taster sessions in sport, hair and beauty, painting and decorating, building and horticulture as well as english and maths.

Supported Internships

Stephenson College was selected to take part in a Department for Education pilot scheme aimed at assisting young people with additional needs into employment. Following its success Stephenson College has included this programme into its curriculum. 

This programme offers students the opportunity to work alongside a job coach in a workplace. The students will gain valuable skills, learning and understanding a workplace and contributing as a member of a staff team.