Killester College offers support to students in order to achieve an inclusive learning environment.
Students who have a disability/learning support need are encouraged to declare this on their application form. Students will then be offered supports to help them achieve the best learning outcome. Any information provided is treated confidentially and does not prejudice the application.
Supports are conditional on the student providing the college with the correct evidence of disability, available funding and the availability of resources. Funding applications for supports are made to the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) on behalf of the students.
- A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties (Click here to see document)
- Handbook for Students Availing of Supports (Click here to see document)
- Organisational Chart – 2022/23 (Click here to see document)
Disability/Student Support Officer (SSO) – Angela Flynn – 086 022 9342 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Support Coordinator – Kate Geoghegan – email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens after I declare a disability/learning support need on my application form?
The Disability/Student Support Office (SSO) will contact students to arrange a Needs Assessment (NA) meeting, these meetings happen from September onwards. At this meeting the student’s support needs are discussed and evidence of disability collected from the student.If a student has a high support need (physical disability or serious medical condition requiring support staff or transport), please apply early, giving as much information as possible on the application form.
- I had an SNA in School. Does this mean I will automatically have one in college?
No, school and Further Education FE have different ways of supporting students. In Further Education we have support staff (these various staff roles are not the same as SNAs). Generally, support staff are for students with physical difficulties. A lot of students that had SNA support in school do not want or require the same level of support in FE. This issue will be discussed at the NA meeting, please let us know any concerns you have.
- I had resource hours in school and think I need this again in college. Is it available?
Resource classes are called Learning Support in college and access to this service can be discussed at the NA meeting. Learning Support will not be during timetabled class time. You will have to commit and agree a day/time for these sessions with your learning support tutor.
- I had help in secondary school but I have no evidence of disability/learning support need (reports, etc.). Can I still get support in college?
Please declare on your application form that you have a learning support need and this will be discussed at the NA meeting.
- I had a spelling and grammar waiver in my exams. Can I avail of a spelling and grammar waiver in my college assignments?
Spelling and grammar waivers are given for exam situations but not for assignments. You can use the spell and grammar check on your computer. You can also get assistance with proofreading at home or during your learning support sessions.
- The only support I want in college is examination accommodations. Do I still need to declare this on my application form?
Yes, you must declare this on the application form and after the NA meeting it will be noted that this is the only support you require.
- I am not sure if I declared a disability/learning support on my application form and I have not received any contact from the SSO, can I contact them directly?
Yes, you can make direct contact with the SSO or the Learning Support Coordinator, see contact details above.
- If I start using learning support can I decide during the year that I no longer need it?
Yes, if this happens please email the SSO or your Learning Support Tutor and let them know your decision.
- I am a parent of a student that has declared a disability/learning difficulty and I want to be kept informed of their progress.
Students in FE colleges are adults and so communication from the college will be directly with the student. The guide for Students with Disability and Learning Difficulties explains how parent can assist students during the academic year.
- My parents have registered me for support, but I do not want to engage with services in the college. What can I do?
It is up to each student to discuss supports that they wish to accept. If you do not want to engage with supports, email the SSO and say you do not want any further contact.