Expanse Learning

Specialist Provider in SEND Education, Apprenticeships, Health Care and School Workforce Development.

Expanse Learning are specialists in Preparing for Adulthood. The term “Preparing for Adulthood” is used to describe the process of moving from childhood into adulthood. Young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) should have equal life chances as they move into adulthood.

For students at Expanse Learning who choose to study at our Launchpad SEND College, Study Programmes are personalised programmes of learning which help to increase their skills for employment and independent living and are delivered via the student’s chosen vocational area at Expanse Learning.

Study Programmes consist of three key parts, the weighting of each part depends on the individual need of the student, and provides them with a personalised programme:
• Development of vocationally specific work skills with accreditation where appropriate
• Programme of work experience
• Development of English and maths / functional skills

Are there different types of Study Programme at Launchpad?

Yes, Launchpad SEND programmes consist of four pathways, again the weighting of each part depends on the individual need of the student and their intended outcomes.
• Preparation for Adulthood Programme
• Work skills Programme
• Enhanced Work Experience Programme
• Supported Internships

Whilst building on existing skills, Study Programmes will stretch and challenge students to allow them to progress towards their intended outcomes. Their personalised Study Programme will provide work experience opportunities as well as working on the basics such as English, maths and be working with others to increase their confidence and employability.

Expanse Learning uses its expertise in communication and promotion of person-thinking to support learners to express their views which are incorporated into their planning and help them to shape their own programmes.

All students have individual timetables that reflect activities to support the achievement of long-term goals and their individual preferences. Some students have clear ideas about what they like to do, others need to explore options through the first-hand experience.

We will agree short and long terms outcomes to support the progress of the young person in meeting their educational and career aspirations. These steps prepare and support students to achieve the preparing for adulthood outcomes:
• Education and or Employment - including exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
• Independent Living - this means young people have a choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
• Participating in society - including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community.
• Being as healthy as possible in adult life - ensuring access to the right health professionals who understand the young person’s learning difficulties and disabilities.

What Vocational Subjects can I study at Launchpad?

At Expanse Learning, you will choose the programme area in which you would like to specialise, and your individual learning programme will be designed for you based on your needs.

The vocational subjects you can choose from are:
• Retail and Business
• Creative and Digital Media
• Hospitality and Catering
• Horticulture and Land Based Studies
• Photography
• Music
• Health and Social Care

Additionally, you will have sessions with Personal Development and Independence skills-building support your progress towards independence.

Contact Information

Email: Julie-anne.prescott@expansegroup.co.uk

Telephone: Stephanie.howard@expansegroup.co.uk

Website: Visit


The Stadium

Leigh Sports Village

Sale Way


Pricing Information

Free Services: Paid

The cost of the programme will be agreed and confirmed once Launchpad Plus have completed an assessment and received the individuals support plans. The cost ranges from £60, £80 and £100 per day.


Stephanie Howard
Corporate Relationships Manager
01942 877715
Lorraine Woosey
Head of Care & Development/SENCO
01942 487864

How to get there

Additional Information

Staff DBS Checked? Yes

Type of Group: Service Provider

CQC Registered? No

Transport Available No

Personal support? Yes

Transport Information

For external visits Expanse would source public transport and use Wigan Council Transport.

Areas of Interest

Allotments Animals Archery Art Group Baking Bathing Befriending Bird Watching Board games Bowling Cafe Cinema Courses Dancing Day Service Disability Sport Friendship Gardening Horticulture Keep Fit Photography Respite Swimming Table Tennis Transition Transport Wellbeing Writers Group Catering Drama Woodwork Alternative Therapy Basketball Books Bridge Bus Community Hub Day Options Disability Exercise Drawing Education Flower Arranging Friends of Groups Funding Jewellery Making Landscaping Newsletter Shopping Tablets Training

Personal Support

Launchpad Plus can support you in many others areas that are not listed above. Please contact us direct to find out more.

Autism Complex Needs Deaf Diet Disability Housing Physical Disability Sensory Disability Sexual Health Welfare Dyspraxia Anxiety Asperger Bathing Befriending Brain Injury Dyscalculia Epilepsy Head Injury Tourette's


Expanse also specialise in - Personal Care Medication Suction Tracheotomy Peg Feeding Assistance with meals Moving & Handling Approach Training Budgeting and Finance Discreet Personal Care Medtronic Infusion Pump Heart Start Client Specific Training - delivered by Complex Care Team Counselling Service

Accessible Lift Accessible Toilets Autism Friendly Guide Dogs Welcome Hearing Loops Hoist available Sign Language available Tracking Hoist Available Visual Aids Wheelchair access Pressure Pads Adapted Keyboards Assistive Technology Braille Display Changing Bed Disabled Parking Easy Read Hygiene Suites Mobile Hoist Sam Hall Turner Slip Sheets Standing Aid Track Hoist Transfer Aids Walking Aids Wet Room

Age Groups

14 > 18 18 > 25 25 > 35 35 > 50 50 > 65

Operation Times

Launchpad Plus offers a wide range of support and is delivered Monday - Friday 9.20am - 3.20pm

Expanse Learning

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