A specific 12 week course for disaffected young people
We have teamed up with the Lavender Project - an eco-art collective to create a specialist programme designed to empower young people at risk of exclusion or offending.
With a combined 30 years of experience in working with young people who exhibit challenging behaviours we have crafted ‘Growth’ out of a passion for what we do.
Growth is a twelve-week (or one term) behaviour intervention plan taking young people out of their normal provision for one day of each week taking part in a wide variety of activities focusing on Metacognition, Self-regulation and self-efficacy.
Eligible for pupil premium with aims rated by the Education Endowment Foundation as “high impact for very low cost, based on extensive evidence” growth
In their 12 weeks, our young people will experience short-term and long-term projects intertwined to try and trigger an exploration of their aims and objectives.
This is supported by a publicly available blog, co-created with the young people. It includes photos, videos and writing by the young people about each part of the course they take part in, which culminates in a self-authored statement of intention for the future.
We are fully insured, licenced outdoor learning providers based in the Brecon Beacons. Partnered with the Lavender Project which can provide growing, art, workshop and classroom space & tuition.
You can find out more about them here: https://thelavenderproject.co/.
Each day is designed to be super busy and works in a task-based format so that young people are motivated to finish tasks to move onto the next one.
The course consists of three main elements each which feature in every day they spend with us:
Field School project: My first Crop During the 12 weeks the young people will be introduced to the process of growing a harvestable crop. In the first few weeks they will prepare and plant (usually a salad – depending on the time of year.) and each week they will be responsible for maintaining, weeding and caring for their plants. Towards the end of this period they will harvest and consume what they grow.
Art Therapy project: Identity Exploring what it means to be us: our unique experiences thoughts and feelings that makes up what we call “me”. Starting with the title as inspiration these projects and their outcomes are let by the students, resulting in paintings, mixed media collage, sculpture or any other appropriate media.
Adventure Project: Facing your fears Each week the young person will take part in a different challenge based around an Outdoor hobby or activity. We make sure each activity has an achievable end aim, designed to reflect and push their belief in themselves.
The programme fits into a standard school day and we can arrange transport either from their normal provision or from home.
The course is supported by comprehensive review and analysis of both their own behaviour and their achievements with relation for the outcomes delivered. In the last few weeks the techniques developed in these review sessions will be used for the young people to develop a long-term forward looking plan for themselves and their behaviours.
We provide transport for young people involved in the programme to and from our activity Sites.
We are fully regulated and insured; ALL our staff have DBS checks; are de-escalation trained and used to dealing with young people with quite severe behavioural issues.