Our re-engage and re-inspire programme for young people from 5 – 19 years has gone from strength to strength. We are so proud of the good work that is happening and the wonderful people we get to spend time on the hill with. It is so rewarding to see what has been created here being used as such a positive force in young people’s lives.
Husbandry School 1:1 programme
We offer a therapeutic education placement in order to re-engage and re-inspire students with learning.
Students experience a very structured and ordered day where the rules and need for action become very real and apparent i.e. hungry goats…everyone’s responsibility to feed them etc. This hands on approach, in our experience, allows the students very quickly to transfer this seen need for rules and taking personal responsibility for actions into the rest of their lives.
The experience of preparing and sharing a meal together every day is the foundation block for reinforcing sharing, a sense of fairness, giving and receiving and positive social interactions.
The practical nature of the programme also puts core subjects into context…maths and science become useful to the activity you are doing and the results are tangible.
The feedback that we have from schools and parents/carers is also that there is a marked increase in the student’s self-esteem and quiet calm reflectiveness.
Our activities include the following. This is not an exhaustive list – the nature of the one to one teaching allows for tailoring of activities to individual needs working alongside their adult mentor.
- Animal care
- Land work
- Rural skills
- Nature study and Conservation
- Mixed media arts and Textiles
- Food, nutrition and cooking
Contact us to be sent our referral form. Complete and return it, we can then arrange a pre programme access visit by students and parent/carers. This allows student and involved adults to know what is on offer and also to access particular areas of interest and needs.
Best practice service level agreement for a one academic year placement.
In some circumstances a termly placement. Continuation to be confirmed one half term ahead.
09:00 – 15:15
Term time only.
The purpose of phase one of this research study is to uncover whether attendance at the Husbandry school impacts positively upon outcomes for young people and their families. Furthermore, to examine the approaches used at the Husbandry School.
In Summary it was found that the Husbandry school did impact positively on outcomes for young people and their families particularly in terms of the young person’s education, family life, emotional wellbeing, behaviour, and independence skills.
The evaluation described here has been commissioned by Devon County Council (DCC) and carried out by the Babcock LDP Educational Psychology Service. The basis of the work was to examine whether attendance at the Husbandry School in Bickington, Devon, had a positive impact on outcomes for young people and their families and if so, to investigate the approaches used at the Husbandry School to facilitate these outcomes.
Download the research document here (.pdf):