The Exe Programme

Susan uses displays with good colour contrasts to help her in her Maths lesson
Susan uses displays with good colour contrasts to help her in her Maths lesson

The Exe and Dart Programmes are both based on meeting the aspirations of the learners. This is achieved by agreeing long term outcomes and by setting individual targets around the five identified areas of development within the Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP):

  • cognition and learning
  • communication and interaction
  • social and emotional well-being
  • sensory, physical and/or mental needs
  • social care needs.


The Exe Programme

The Exe Programme is designed to meet the needs of young people with visual impairment and Moderate Learning Difficulties. Young people on the Exe Programme predominately work at National Curriculum Level 1/Entry 1 and above.

Every learner will have an individualised timetable that addresses their needs as a whole; supporting

Craig learning to use low vision reading strategies
Craig learning to use low vision reading strategies

and promoting self-confidence, independence and well-being throughout their learning and in their preparation for transition into adult life.

The Exe Programme for school learners offers a National Curriculum based thematic model with discrete academic sessions working towards AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) Entry Level Maths, English and Science but with additional learning embedded in activities or projects incorporating ICT, arts, sciences and humanities. School learners at Key Stage 4 will be introduced to college course options including: Art and Design, Design and Technology, Drama, Horticulture, Music Technology and Radio production, as half termly afternoon sessions in preparation for post-16 vocational courses.

The Exe Programme for college learners includes core skills, vocational studies, work experience, independent living skills and a range of enrichment activities. The college offers:

  • Maths and English Ascentis stepping stone unit qualifications leading up to Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education) vocational courses
  • work experience opportunities both on and off campus.

WESC learners have specialist input from the mobility/habilitation team and for any identified therapy needs which will be built into their timetable as discrete sessions and embedded into all aspects of their programme.

Young people who have specific academic or vocational aspirations can access a full General Further Education (GFE) curriculum with specialist support from WESC at our partner mainstream colleges e.g. Exeter College, Bicton College, Somerset College, City of Bristol College and Cornwall College.