SEND Support

At Skills Group we pride ourselves on providing quality support to individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We believe that everyone should be able to achieve their full potential as equal and active citizens and take control of their lives.

Providing an exceptional level of support to every student is at the heart of everything we do and is at the core of our missions and values.

Introduction to SEND Support

The needs and development of every individual matter to us. We have worked hard to build a friendly and dedicated SEND team comprising of experienced personal tutors, support assistants and work placed assessors. We also have a dedicated SEND manager who is available to provide support at all times.

Meet Our SEND manager

Amanda Summers-Evans is our SEND Manager here at Skills Group. With 20 years’ experience of working alongside young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Amanda is dedicated in supporting them throughout their educational journey.

You can contact Amanda at if you require any further information.

How Can You Access SEND Support?

SEND support is available to individuals who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or additional learning needs. We provide varied and tailored support against a range of disabilities and learning difficulties, such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, or Dyscalculia.

If you have been in special education or are finding some of the learning particularly difficult, speak to our team to help you get the tailored support you need.

Our Core Aims

Our SEND support program is designed to ensure that individuals with a high level of needs receive personalised support to help them overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. We believe that every individual, regardless of their unique challenges, deserves the opportunity to access and thrive in apprenticeship/study programs that align with their goals.

What to Expect from Skills Group SEND Support

At Skills Group our aim is to help every individual achieve their potential and take control of their life. Our expert team are always here to provide bespoke support to help learners with their programme, whilst also allowing you to build independence and prepare for adulthood.

Learners have access to a specialist Learner Support Team who will guide them every step of the way throughout their time with us, by providing impartial advice and guidance. The team have been specially trained to identify any additional requirements learners may need and help them to succeed.

Support we can provide includes:

  • Assistive technology support

  • Collaboration with community agencies on the learner’s behalf

  • Diagnostic and formalised assessment

  • Exam access arrangements

  • Individual learning programmes

  • SEND guidance and support

  • Transition support from school to Skills Group

Learners have access to a wide range of facilities and services to support their programme. We work alongside many South West and national organisations to maximise support for our learners. These include the YES Centre, Livewell South West, The Zone, Harbour and Improving Lives Plymouth.

Preparing for Adulthood Programme

Our Preparing for Adulthood Programme is designed to support young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to reach their full potential. A bespoke and individualised training programme will be developed to enable the young person to develop the necessary skills for Adulthood.

We promote collaborative learning, teamwork, participation, problem solving and resilience, and aim to inspire our learners to develop a sense of responsibility and prosocial approach to everyday life.

At the core of what we do is an understanding of the importance of emotional and social awareness.

Within the sector, there are a range of qualifications which individuals can work towards including:

  • NOCN Entry Level 3 Certificate in Skills for Education, Training and Personal development

  • NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Education, Training and Personal development

  • NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Education, Training and Personal development

The Programme also includes:

  • Independent Living Skills (such as money management and personal safety)

  • Work experience/Employability Skills (such as CV writing and job searching)

  • Personal Development Skills (such as organisational and interpersonal skills)

  • Healthy lifestyles and supportive relationships

  • Participation in the community

  • Functional skills Maths and English – Entry Level 1 – Level 2

For more information on this programme, please view our Preparing for Adulthood Booklet.

Please note: We have limited numbers on our Preparing for Adulthood Programme and places are booked via referral only – it is not possible to apply via our website.

If you think SEND Support or the Preparing for Adulthood Programme may be suitable for you or a young person you know, please get in touch on 01752 332442, where one of our highly qualified SEND Support Team can then assess needs and ensure it’s the right support for you.

Learner Support

SEND Support

Specialist Support


I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

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Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

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The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

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