Learning Support

The Learning Support Team aims to help all students achieve their full potential whilst studying at Grantham College, whether they are on full time, part time, evening or University level courses.

Help is available for students studying on all of our courses, whether you are at college or studying towards a University level qualification. Our qualified and experienced team are able to support students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities including, but not limited to:

  • Visual impairment - Grantham College works in partnership with the RNIB and can provide adapted materials, including braille services and low vision aids

  • Hearing impairment - sign language interpreters and note-takers can be arranged

  • Mental health support

  • Autistic Spectrum support

  • ADHD

  • Mobility Support

All students needing complex support will be involved in preparing and designing their own individual programme of support to help them fully access their learning. Support may be in class, one-to-one or access to specialist equipment or services.

If you are a prospective or current student, or parent/carer or student, and need more information, advice or support regarding any additional support please contact either Debbie or Vicky using the following contact details:

Sharon Tidman

Sharon Tidman, Learning Support Coordinator

stidman@grantham.ac.uk 01476 404339 

Vicky Holyoak

Vicky Holyoak, Senior Learning Support Assistant

vholyoak@grantham.ac.uk 01476 404362 


Dyslexia Support

Paul Cartwright and Ellen Thompson work in Dyslexia Support at Grantham College.

Paul Cartwright

Paul Cartwright, Dyslexia Specialist

pcartwright@grantham.ac.uk 01476 414412

Ellen Thompson 

Ellen Thompson, Dyslexia Support Tutor

ethompson@grantham.ac.uk 01476 404367


We provide support and advice to students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

We can help you by:

  • Enabling support in class and/or one-to-one support sessions
  • Recommending extra time and other arrangements in exams
  • Assessing for learning needs
  • Introducing you to IT tools to aid your learning
  • Providing coloured overlays

Dyslexia is not just about reading and writing. A student with dyslexia may also have difficulties with organisation, retaining information or telling the time. Their strengths may lie in imagination and creativity, problem solving or lateral thinking.

To arrange an assessment or if you have any concerns, you can speak to your tutor or contact Paul or Ellen via email or phone. Alternatively, you can pop in to see us at the back of the library (upstairs).


Study Skills Support

Study Skills Support helps you to develop confidence in your learning abilities, and acquire the necessary study skills to be successful on your course.

The support is usually delivered on a one-to-one or small group basis and can cover a variety of skills such as, organisation, time management and goal setting, note-taking and summarising notes, research skills and referencing, writing assignments and essays, producing projects, reports and presentations, and revision techniques.

Sessions are particularly useful for younger students during the transition from school to Further Education, or for adult students who may have been out of education for a while.

Each session begins with an assessment which highlights your areas for improvement and identifies strategies to help you develop the specific skills. In this way all sessions are exclusively tailored to meet your individual needs.

The skills you develop can also be transferred and used in future learning opportunities.

To arrange support, you can speak to your tutor or contact Claire via email: csaxby@grantham.ac.uk or phone 01476 400246. Alternatively, you can call in to see me at the back of the library (upstairs).