Staff at New College Leicester acknowledge that some of our students may have specific needs that could affect their progress and/or social and emotional needs. In line with our Health & Wellbeing strategy we aim to support all students.  In order for them to achieve their potential. We have a committed team of teachers and Teaching Assistants trained to support students across the college. In acknowledgement of this we have recently been awarded the SENDIAS award recognising outstanding SEND provision for the second time and also hold the Inclusion Quality Mark as a flagship school.

The Inclusion team is made up of experienced staff who provide a range of support and intervention for students including in class support, small group work and individual one-to-one support where appropriate. We believe in working closely with subject areas, students, parents/carers and external agencies to ensure progress and achievement for all.  All parents/carers of students on the SEND register are invited to have a formal review, termly, with a member of the Inclusion Team.

Student Voice is very important to us.  We have representatives of students with SEND on our Student Parliament.  We are a truly inclusive school.  To ensure students on the SEND register have a smooth and worry free transition from primary to secondary school, we work closely with our feeder primary schools to understand students’ needs and also offer additional transition visits and support if required.

The Director for Inclusion/SENDCo at New College Leicester is Mrs Karen Simpson who can be contacted on 0116 231 8513 or email

Students Learning English as an Additional Language

At New College Leicester, we strive to ensure that all students make outstanding progress. We recognise that young people and families who have English as an additional language (EAL) may need additional support to allow them to flourish.


Students at New College Leicester come from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of language skills.  We are proud to be part of a multicultural city and believe our college reflects the society within which we live.  We celebrate the cultural diversity of our students.  New College Leicester has at present 28% of students who are learning English as an additional language with over 48 different languages spoken within the college.

Aim:  To enable the full participation and achievement of students whose first language is not English we will:

  • promote equality of opportunity for all learners for whom English is an additional language
  • create partnerships beyond the school to improve the provision and support for students learning EAL
  • identify support needs as early as possible through assessment
  • provide bespoke responses based on individual needs
  • enable inclusion and participation in the life of the college
  • facilitate full access to the National Curriculum through high quality teaching
  • build links with parents as partners
  • develop and use links with external agencies and support services
  • monitor provision and the progress made and adjust accordingly
  • acknowledge individual strengths and celebrate cultural identities