Independent learning for all

Stephenson College implements Read&Write software to provide independent learning for all students

At a glance

What they wanted to do
● Find a product that would support the work done by Learning Support assistants.
● Assist learners who struggle with English.
● Provide all learners with access to the assistive product.

What they did
● Purchased a Read&Write site licence for the College.
● Learning Support assistants received training on the software.
● Set up all College computers so that Read&Write could be used by everyone at any time.What they accomplished


  • Learners can now work more independently with boosted self-confidence.
  • Provided assistance for all members of the college community.
  • Winnacunnet literacy test scores have increased and its students are finding increased independence and collaboration in completing their work.

Stephenson College is renowned for excellence and innovation in learning and has trained thousands of people to get the qualifications they need to get a better job or seek promotion at work. The College has a long tradition of working with employers and has excellent links with the business community on both a national and local level. Stephenson College was also one of the first Further Education Colleges in the East Midlands to achieve the Emskills Quality Kitemark for employer engagement and responsiveness.

The College’s vision is to be the bridge across which students travel to enable excellent future prospects. They have made it their mission to provide excellence and innovation in learning in an environment offering.

  • Flexible access during College opening hours.
  • Cluster areas for study and research.
  • Small class sizes to enhance the learning experience.

The College chose to purchase Texthelp’s literacy support software, Read&Write to support the excellent work that was being done by the Learning Support assistants. Chris Ison, the ALS Co-ordinator, says: “It had become apparent over time that learners coming to the college could struggle with English for a variety of reasons. Read&Write provides a way forward, enabling learners to work more independently which boosts their self-confidence. The aim is to provide all learners with access to Read&Write. It is clearly a product that benefits not only students but also staff at the college.”

Chris continues: “Read&Write has been set up on all college computers, so it can be used at any time by all parties. The Learning Support assistants have attended Read&Write training sessions and are in a position to cascade their knowledge to individuals and groups.”

“The variety of tools available in Read&Write brings together a whole host of support in one package, providing a versatility that other products do not. We are aware that during exams, learners are not always comfortable working with a human support and it is anticipated that Read&Write will provide that independent support that will better suit learner needs. This is a most useful tool which we would recommend because it assists all members of the college community, provides an opportunity to develop skills independently and for staff, once they become familiar with the programme, it will speed up production of materials and make their jobs much easier.”

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