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CIFE Intercollegiate Articles

cife Intercollegiate Articles are a series of technical articles written by individual cife colleges discussing issues pertinent to the Sixth Form college sector. cife also publish general sixth-form advice articles.

Managing mental health challenges in the cife college

No Sixth Form College can help but be very aware of the increase in reports of stress and anxiety amongst students. It has also become clear to mental health professionals that this can no longer be attributed to over diagnosis or over-protecting the ‘snowflake’ generation. Young people are struggling with anxiety disorders and depression in greater numbers than ever before and sixth form colleges are in the front line of managing the effects of this.

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Accepting and excluding students with SEND issues

Previously, many cife colleges would have been happy to accept students with a variety of SENDs and make appropriate provision, according to EHCPs (educational health care plans) or equivalent.  Special provision for such students was made primarily through the individual attention provided by the college, including, of course, small class sizes – high functioning autistic children have enjoyed particular success because of this feature alone. If the college thought it could not make reasonable provision/adjustments for such students, it could decline the offer of a place without fear of attracting an accusation of discrimination; for example, it might be cautious about accepting a student who was given to extreme, uncontrollable, emotional outbursts.

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