Activate

We are a specialist provider offering educational and vocational programmes for people with additional needs
Activate
The Bracknell Centre.
Bracknell Avenue
Southdene
Kirkby
L32 9PW
The logo of Activate S41 status
  • Brief Description:
    We are a specialist provider offering educational and vocational programmes for people with additional needs
  • Course Length:
    Approximately 37 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
    Day
  • Course Dates:
    September to July
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    70
  • Age Range:
    19 - 24 years
  • Other Locations:
    Birkenhead

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.

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We Offer:

  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with moderate learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with communication difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of physical disabilities
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with multi-sensory impairment
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with Asperger syndrome
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with severe autism spectrum disorder
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with behavioural difficulties
  • Expertise in meeting the needs of students with emotional difficulties

Curriculum

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

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

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 experience real work situations
  • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour

Specialist Facilities

State-of-the-art sensory pod, hygiene room 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.

We Offer:

  • 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

Gallery

A young woman smiles and touches a purple bubble tube
A tutor holds a chicken while two students inspect it and reach out to stroke it's feathers
Students sit around a table and stick items onto a moodboard with help from LSA's
Students aboard the minibus smiling

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

This new list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.