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Supported Foundation and SEND learners

Our award-winning supported foundation programmes meet the needs of a broad range of learners with special educational needs or disabilities.

We believe that everyone should have a chance to achieve their goals, so we offer a range of programmes for learners who need additional support.

Activate Learning is proud of the outstanding and award-winning Supported Foundation Programmes which offer students the opportunity to develop in the exciting setting of a mainstream further education college. 

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

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 

Contact us about Supported Foundation Programmes


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.


Supported Foundation - Tier 2

This programme is for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities who are working towards supported or independent living. Learners will develop skills in food hygiene, food preparation, self-advocacy, travel training, personal care, English and maths, digital literacy and more.

Supported Foundation - Tier 3

This programme is for learners with learning difficulties who are working towards supported employment or an internship. Learners will develop employability and independent living skills through work experience, digital literacy and citizenship learning.

Student case study - Rachel, Reading College


We work in close partnership with a number of organisations to provide excellent teaching and learning for our students, including: Optalis choices for living, Project Search, Westgate Oxford, Oxfordshire Employment Service (part of Oxfordshire County Council), Big Lottery Fund and OxLEP.