Young people and adults at InFocus will experience a broad and balanced range of services across Education, Residential, Therapy and Mobility, with a specialist visual impairment approach within our day and residential provision.
InFocus provides an individualised curriculum for young people and adults with visual impairment (VI). The InFocus curriculum offer focuses on supporting students through five key areas of learning:
- Communication (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Language Development and Access and Assistive Technology),
- Wellbeing (Physical Activity, PSHE and RSE)
- Curiosity and Creativity (The World Around Us, Music, Drama, Art, Radio, Horticulture)
- Community (Work Experiences, Employability, Citizenship, Hobbies and Leisure)
- Everyday life (Numbers and Problem Solving, Daily Living Skills, Mobility)
The InFocus College Curriculum offers the following:
- Specialist VI approach to curriculum for all students
- Programmes built around the needs of students who are working below the national curriculum standards for their age
- Programmes for students with Learning Disabilities and additional /complex needs
- Access to accredited academic and vocational courses if appropriate
- Outreach VI Services for students and teachers in mainstream schools, colleges and FE providers
- Appropriate work experience and supported internships in conjunction with education provision
Facilities at InFocus are accessible to all and include; swimming pool, hydro pool, trampoline, cycles and trikes, sensory garden, gym, forest school, Discovery Garden, 10 acre horticulture site, sports and many other activities linked to their individual programme of development and mobility.
Enrichment activities such as trips to the beach, wheelchair dancing, Jubilee Challenge on Dartmoor, tenpin bowling, horse riding, sailing, and residential trips are fun and meaningful experiences which young people are encouraged to access to support their development.
Another aspect of InFocus offer is a successful social enterprise provision, which gives students access to learning and work experiences in five charity shops and at two horticulture projects. There are also supported internships and other work experience placements across a range of industries.