We are a specialist provider offering educational and vocational programmes for people with additional needs.
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The Bracknell Centre
Bracknell Avenue
L32 9PW
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
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  • Age Range:
    19 – 24



General Description

Activate is a specialist training provider offering personalised educational and vocational programmes. We work with young people who have a range of support needs from mild learning difficulties to profound and multiple learning difficulties.


We have two programmes.

Activate Futures is for 19 - 24 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities. It focuses on building the skills and experience needed to develop independence and prepare for the future.  

The programme consists of:

  • personal and social development
  • volunteering/work experience
  • employability skills
  • local community projects
  • life skills
  • functional skills

Maths, English and ICT are delivered with a ‘hands on’ practical approach and embedded into the programme. 

Students also take part in the following vocational options:

  • horticulture
  • catering
  • animal care
  • practical independence skills
  • creative studies
  • drama

Students work towards an accredited employability qualification which includes various vocational units. Maths and English qualifications are also offered on an individual basis.

Activate Choices is for 19 - 24 year olds who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties or other conditions requiring high levels of support. It continues to build upon what the young person was learning at school. Much of the focus is on individual and personal goals.

The programme consists of:

  • personal and social development
  • participation in community projects at our centre
  • trips into the local community
  • sensory activities
  • vocational skills such as animal care
  • assistive technology

Learners work towards an Open Awards Entry Level 1 Qualification in Personal Progress.

Specialist Facilities

State-of-the-art sensory pod, hygiene rooms and track hoisting. Technology such as iPads and switches used to enhance learning and aid in communication. Onsite vocational programmes including a small animal care centre, community café and horticulture base.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Behavioural difficulties
    • Emotional difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • A personal development programme
    • A social skills programme
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
  • > Our specialist services

    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house physiotherapy
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel

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