Our foundation programmes meet the needs of a broad range of learners; from those with special educational needs or disabilities, to those who may have disengaged from learning in the past or not achieved their full potential.
Opportunities for learners
Our learners have the opportunity to learn independent living and self-care skills, employability skills, digital literacy, English and maths, and in some cases, take part in work experience - depending on the programme they choose.
We work closely with colleagues from across our colleges, offering learners the opportunity to progress into new vocational areas. Our partnerships with external organisations and employers are central to equipping learners for successful futures. They include:
- supported internships with Royal Berkshire Hospital, Mencap and Oxfordshire Employment Services
- supported employment provision via specialist agency
- work with two local authorities
- more than 200 employers providing work experience
- close links with special schools
Our learning companies
In addition, we provide learners with the opportunity to develop vital employability and independence skills through our learning companies. These are social enterprises run by staff at students, and include on-campus shops and delivery services.
An award-winning education
Activate Learning have recently been recognised for the work we do to inspire special needs students into employment with a coveted education award. The Association of Colleges' Beacon Awards 'Support for Students' prize 2019 recognises our innovative partnership programme for young people with special educations needs and disabilities. Read more about the award here.