At Middlesbrough College we offer additional learning support to students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties. We are committed to providing a learning environment in which there is equality for all members of its community.

We welcome applications from people with a learning difficulty, learning disability or any additional support need. We aim to provide the appropriate resources, facilities and services to enable students to be successful in their chosen programme of study.

We offer a range of support for learners up to Level 3. Please see our Higher Education page to find out about the support we can offer University students. 

Learning Support Hub Middlesbrough College

The Additional Learning Support (ALS) Team offers a wide range of support services to enable you to access the education and social environments of the College. We have a large team of experienced and trained staff who work closely with students, schools, outside agencies and tutors to provide you with an individual support package. We recognise that everyone's needs are unique and will work with students to identify any barriers that exist and make every effort to overcome them. The College wants all students to have the same opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Middlesbrough College is co-operating with local authorities to adhere to the special educational needs and disability code of practice (SEND) using our best endeavors to meet the needs of young people with special educational needs or disabilities. Visit the Middlesbrough Council website to find out more about the SEND reforms.  

Support Packages & Facilities 

Our ALS team can support learners who have:

  • Autism or Aspergers Syndrome
  • Dyslexia,  Dyspraxia or Dyscalculia
  • Physical mobility
  • Behavioural, emotional & social difficulties
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Sensory impairments
  • Personal care needs
  • Difficulties with maths or English

Following an assessment of your learning needs and requirements, the ALS team will provide an individual plan to support you. The types of support this team can provide include:

  • Dyslexia Support Tutors
  • Dyscalculia Support Tutors
  • Additional English and maths support
  • Communication Support Workers for the deaf and Notetakers 
  • IT Trainers for the visually impaired
  • Special exam arrangements
  • Small group workshops and dedicated study areas
  • Specialist LSA's who can provide support for students with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Support Assistants who provide classroom and/or personal care
  • Mobility support
  • Sighted guiding
  • Loan of a range of assistive technology software to enable access and inclusion
  • Adaptation/modification of learning materials into an accessible format such as Braille or Large print
  • Dedicated SENCOs to support higher education, adult and apprenticeship students

Our ALS team have a range of resources available for students to access to support their studies including:

  • Laptops
  • Notebooks
  • Dictaphones
  • Intel readers
  • Large print keyboards
  • Braillers
  • Study skills software
  • Speaking calculators
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reading software
  • Tactile mathematical instruments
  • Coloured overlays
  • Specialist software such as Jaws and Dolphin for the visually impaired
  • Specialist software for dyslexic learners

Our Additional Learning Support has relocated to the ground floor giving students better access to our experienced staff and specialised facilities across the day. The Hub has quiet study spaces for students to access and a relaxing social space for students between lessons.

We also have a medical room equipped with hoist, sling, bed and locked cabinets for medication.

If you have an educational, health and care plan and want more information on our courses, or would just like further information on the additional support we offer here at Middlesbrough College, speak to our Additional Learning Support Team by calling 01642 333727 or by sending them an email at

For information on what’s available for children and young people in Middlesbrough with special educational needs, visit the Middlesbrough’s Local Offer website.