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1. What does your service do? 

Develop Bedford is a unique training provider because we aim to cater for individual's needs within a nurturing and dynamic environment.  The core of our business is aimed at getting young people back into education and employment.  We recognise that not every learner will have the same requirements, ambitions or indeed problems and what we are really are trying to do here is make a difference to their lives. We try to offer appropriate opportunities to those who may not have attained highest prior achievements.

The key ethos of our provision is:

  • A personalised programme for each learner, based on their starting point and their planned destination.
  • The opportunity to have achievements recognised through nationally accredited qualifications.

Bespoke term-time programme for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities is planned.  The primary focus is personal independence. Options can include:

  • Vocational Skills in Computing, Child Care, Intro to Hair & Beauty Sector, Employability, Music Technology and Horticulture.
  • Functional Skills Maths & Maths (Entry Level to Level 2)
  • GCSE English & Maths
  • Foundation for Learning and Life
  • Work experience
  • Outing and travel training to increase independence

Many learners with learning difficulties or disabilities will be working towards supported employment or independent living, but others will be heading for other destinations such Supported Traineeship or an Apprenticeship. A carefully managed programme with support is put in place to enable them to progress successfull

Personal tutors are allocated to each learner who provide teaching input, feedback on academic performance, build a close working relationship with the learner and provide support on personal issues.  Initial Assessment carried out at the start of the programme will assist in identifying the type of support required.  Additional one to one support is also provided in the classroom sessions to those with learning difficulties and disabilities.  Where needed Job Coaches will accompany some learners to support them whilst they are on their work experience.

2. Who does your service provide for?

Develop Bedford works in partnership to effectively include young people aged 14-25 years of age with learning and communication needs.


Our provision is offered to those who may often have a combination of special educational needs, in the areas of Communication and Interaction, and Cognition and Learning. This will include many those with complex communication difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


The provision consists of a personalised and flexible programme of support, which can be updated regularly, and will vary from individual to individual according to their specific needs.

Our dedicated team of staff will work to meet the specific needs of individual.  Head of Centre has the responsibility to support all learners with any issues other than those which are course related.  Our Well-being and Safeguarding Manager works closely with the Head of the Centre to ensure that all the well-being and safety aspects relating to the learners are catered for.  Good links have been established with other agencies if additional support is needed or if further signposting is required.

3. How can I start using the service? 

To apply for any of our provision, either call the Centre or come in for an informal chat.  A formal interview will be arranged on mutual agreement.  After the interview the learner will either be offered a place on his/her chosen course or he/she will receive advice on alternative provision elsewhere


We encourage prospective learners to come in for taster session.  This is offered to all learners so that they can make an informed choice about their studying.


Funding has to be applied for and this may not always be successful.  However, personal budget can be used to pay for the service.


Small groups of learners are taken to give them the optimum service, therefore enrolment is based on first come basis. 

4. How are decisions made about who can use your service?

The decision to enrol a learner on any of the services provided is mutually agreed with all parties.  Most important being the learner.  All the options are carefully discussed with the relevant individuals before any final offer is made.  The procedure is transparent and everyone is kept fully informed of all the actions that are taken.

5. How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Our website (  outlines all the services we provide.  Leaflets and promotional materials are usually designed for specific events. 


Learners will have voice of their opinion as session evaluation is conducted quarterly.  Personal reviews are carried out every 6 weeks.  This is a two way form of communication; it gives the learner the opportunity to comment on our services and for us to rely the progress made. Parents or relevant parties are invited to these reviews.

6.  Is your service fully accessible? 

Our premises are in the town centre and the main bus station is about 10 minutes walk.  The Bedford main train station is about 15 minutes away.  There is a public multi storey car park nearby.  Unfortunately, the Bedford Centre does not have facilities for wheelchair users, disabled changing and toilet facilities

7. What training do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have or are having?

Develop Bedford ensures that staff keep up with their Continuous Professional Development.  They regularly attend courses that are applicable to the services we provide with courses on Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity being mandatory.  We have a team of dedicated staff on our Safeguarding Forum.  All our staff are members of the Institute of Learning. 

8.  Who can I contact for further information?

Contact details:

Darshan Ohbi

Head of Centre

Tel: 01234 262004

Mobile:  07827340288


Who to contact

Contact Name
Darshan Ohbi

Where to go

Tavistock Street
MK40 2RX
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

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Age Bands
18-25 years old
15-17 years old