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College wins £1m booster
8:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
SWINDON College has secured a grant worth more than £1m to provide revamped and improved facilities for their higher needs students from September 2014.
The college collaborated with Swindon Council on a bid for money from the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA’s) Demographic Growth Capital Fund in the spring.
The fund was set up in part to support the cost of additional places needed by 16 to 25-year-olds who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
The grant, which amounts to £1,062,000, is a welcome boost for staff at the college who have witnessed year-on-year growth in higher needs applicants.
This year they had to make up a government shortfall in funding for 49 learners through their own budgets.
The money is likely to be used to reconfigure and alter the suite of rooms currently used to meet the needs of these students at the college, rather than building new facilities from scratch.
College officials met with a specialist architect to discuss plans for the changes yesterday afternoon, There are hopes to provide learners with more interactivity, real-life work environments, a mock dining room or mock flat to develop life skills.
The money will also be spent on improving accessibility in some of the college’s older buildings, according to Amanda Burnside, executive director of Enterprise and Learner Services at the college.
Amanda also said wheelchair users would benefit from rooms being made bigger and more flexible to accommodate each individual student’s needs.
She said: “We want to get the students into a more interactive space.
“Realistic working environments, or living environments, like a dining room or a flat will develop their life skills.
“This is for the future and to allow us to take on more high needs learners in the future, but it’s also going to help us to meet the growth we already have.
“The college will always seek alternative sources of funding to improve our provision.”
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