Out of School Provision – 6 Weeks Pilot programme
Land Based Education
Our out of school provision was developed for children with executive functioning difficulties: the children with ADHD, the disorganised ones, the ones who are always late with everything, the ones who can’t plan, the daydreamers, the ones who cannot sit still, the ones whose report always seems to say ‘could do better.’ For children aged between 9 -16yr only.
When there is no innate time-sense or organisation, these have to be developed from the outside in. This means these children need extra support that is different from that usually taught in school. Our out of school provision works on developing external supports for executive function tasks, and we do this by being active and having fun.
We have earmarked part of our 56-acre land to develop with this project. The children will be:
- discussing ideas
- designing part of an educational space and/or garden
- figuring out the tasks involved and putting these in sequence
- estimating the time needed for each task
- finding out their strengths and weaknesses in executive skills and using this to assign tasks to each student
- build the space
- learn to risk assess
- learn basic carpentry skills and/or gardening skills
- and have a lot of fun
Meanwhile we also invite teaching assistants to come along and learn how to support these children with school projects as all the systems we use are transferable to school work.
Anita Hempenius is an ADHD coach, ex-SENCo, ex-learning support teacher, and ex-Steiner Waldorf class teacher. Her executive function strengths are flexibility and metacognition and her executive function weaknesses are working memory and task initiation. All the systems she teaches to support executive skills she has used herself.
James Silbers has a passion for working outdoors with young people and letting nature do its work. He has lead adult and youth groups in bush craft, educational programmes, team work, employability, creative writing and confidence building skills. He has in depth strengths in programme design and delivery.
In School Services
Anita Hempenius – Teacher
Delivers workshops in nature or in schools for children with special educational needs and/or behavioural difficulties.
- Teacher training with regard to working with SEN children
- Land Art
- Environmental Science
- Creative writing workshops
Length: 2hrs, half day, full day, or half a term’s day release.
Pupil Numbers: 6 Anita only or 8 max with teacher, learning support assistant, or school Senco present.
The workshops will work on confidence, self-esteem, identifying specific strengths, social relations, and health and well-being. Anita has over a decade experience with special educational needs, adoption, and especially with ADHD.
Shona Prasad – Integrative Child Psychotherapist
Shona provides therapeutic support services both in the school setting and in the outdoor. Working with those children who struggle most in school, their families and the network around the child her services aim to support young people to become confident individuals, to be ready to learn, and become creative contributors in their home, school and wider community.
• 1:1 play therapy
• 10-week parents’ group
• Short- and long-term multifamily programs aimed at supporting children to be able to access education
• Bespoke trainings for professional working with children affected by ACES
Richard Gould – Ecologist and Outdoor Educator
Helps young people develop a solid core of nature skills, nature awareness and nature connection to enhance their lives.
Workshops available –
• Bushcraft Essentials
• Fire Skills
• Campfire Craft
• Wildlife Tracking Adventure
• Search and Rescue Tracking Adventure
• Scouting and Nature Games
• Bushcraft Wander
• Wild Plant Foraging Walk
• Shelter Building
Length – Half day and full day
Richard is inspired by the work of Jon Young in his vision for promoting nature connection, by
Tom Brown Jr for his teachings on developing both skills and awareness, and by Waldorf
educational approaches for balancing ‘head, heart and hands’