The Oaks Specialist College identified huge potential for young people to become more engaged within their communities in an age-appropriate manner through encouraging the use of assistive technology for living rather than simply assessing college curriculum. The success and impact of this approach led to the setting being named as a Microsoft Incubator Showcase College – the first of its kind in the UK.

In contrast to most education settings, learners at The Oaks are encouraged to have their phones on and visible throughout the day. As a result, learners develop their understanding of the ways in which their mobile phones can enhance their independence within real world settings, and embeds assistive and accessible tools throughout everyday experiences.