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Alternative curriculum support

Finding true potential

We are trusted by many schools and youth organisations to provide outdoor learning opportunities that enhance their alternative curriculum provision. As a consequence we give their learners the chance to shine regardless of their previous academic success or background.

We can offer a broad range of courses, events and expertise that support your existing programmes and potentially help drive them in new directions.

Our courses deliver progressive outcomes for each and every learner in key areas such as:

  • Developing a positive mind-set,
  • Improving self-confidence,
  • Increased engagement with learning,
  • Better cooperation skills,
  • Confident communication.

We have measured the impact of our courses and, as a result of taking part, those young people most at risk of low mental well-being make significant and long lasting improvements to their positive mental outlook.  Here are more details of that study.

    

Thorough planning

Firstly, we will meet with you to discuss your specific needs and your learners’ individual characteristics. If appropriate, we encourage your students to be involved in planning their course too, thus giving them greater ownership. Moving on from here we will offer you bespoke programs of outdoor learning. Our staff are highly experienced in planning successful programs that take into account a broad range of learners.

The best possible start leads to the best possible outcomes

Once underway, our staff will build positive and measured relationships with your learners from the very first session, helping to ensure that they make continued progress towards their goals. Of great importance is our patient and inclusive approach, thus enabling us to always keep our minds open to the bigger picture on the horizon.

Building on success

As your course progresses we encourage learners to reflect on their success. Therefore empowering them to push themselves further than they might have thought possible.

Examples of existing models of delivery

Nidderdale High School – We have worked in partnership with Nidd High to deliver a variety of programs. For example, a one day per week program of outdoor learning to groups of Year 10 students on their alternative curriculum. Consequently, the students enjoyed improved attendance rates, lower incidence of the need for behavior sanctions and a growth in the students’ self-confidence.

Grove academy (Formally Harrogate PRU) – We have been working with Grove Academy for more than 5 years. Typically we deliver 6 planned days spread over a term at a time, thus ensuring progression for each student.

Forest Moor School – We have worked with Forest Moor School for many years to deliver outdoor learning sessions that mesh with the schools ongoing curriculum. As a result we have been able to offer Forest Moor a truly flexible approach depending on their learners. For instance, pupils have come directly to Bewerley Park on regular days or, alternatively we have brought all the specialist equipment and staff to the school. In these cases, including helping students to complete their daily review in the classroom.