Overall, studies of adventure learning interventions consistently show positive benefits on academic learning, and wider outcomes such as self-confidence. On average, pupils who participate in adventure learning interventions appear to make approximately three months’ additional progress over the course of a year. The evidence suggests that the impact is greater for longer courses (more than a week), and those in a ‘wilderness’ setting.
Educational Endowment Foundation
The Outdoors Group is building a strong reputation for helping students from primary to post-16 who have struggled, or are struggling, with educational engagement.
We work closely with the Local Authority and schools to ensure integrated support for our students. Throughout our intervention programmes we work on key targets for students, which support social and emotional development, and reintegration into learning environments.
Forest School and outdoor learning interventions are helping young people re-engage in a number of ways:
All of our staff are DBS checked, first aid certified for outdoor learning and fully qualified and experienced to work with vulnerable young people in the outdoors. As a company, we are fully compliant with current legislation including data protection, safeguarding, equality and diversity and child protection.
The Outdoors Group is aware of the vulnerabilities of the young people using our services and the need to help protect them. We are also aware of the importance of effective communication with schools and have put good systems in place to ensure this works well for all involved, including contributing to the TAF.
The Outdoors Group understands a reporting obligation comes with funding intervention programmes. We offer the following support to schools who need to monitor each student’s progress and report to funding organisations:
The Outdoors Group will provide full due diligence paperwork to schools engaging with our provision, and requires referral paperwork so that we can effectively safeguard and provide for our students.
Our due diligence paperwork includes:
We offer a number of options for young people and have listed our standard programmes below. We understand all students’ needs are different so can also look at tailoring a bespoke programme to an individual.
We operate under service level agreements for our provision so that everyone is clear on the details surrounding the provision we offer.
We do not offer transport as part of our intervention services. It remains the referral agency’s responsibility to organise transport for students to and from our Forest School sites.
For visits and enquiries, please contact Amanda Leach, Intervention Manager on 01392 811957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We work with students who may be at risk of PEX or had fixed term exclusions. They often need support for other reasons such as behavioural difficulties or social and emotional issues. For example, students linked to YOT, those who need family support activities through Social Services, as well as students who need targeted support to help with staying in, or reintegrating, into school.
Students will always have 1:1 support from us but we also encourage them to join in with other groups running on our sites, if it’s appropriate and beneficial for the student.
Prices per student
Schools we’ve worked with 1:1
We work with students from PRUs and Independent Special Schools, as well as from mainstream schools.
Examples of schools we’ve worked with:
St James, Barley Lane, Whipton Barton Junior School, Exminster Primary, The Spires College, West Exe, Lanscore Primary School.
Our group sessions are run with a maximum ratio of 1:6 to ensure quality time can be spent with every student, while also encouraging a peer to peer element.
We provide two instructors for the session and your staff are welcome to stay, but this isn’t mandatory. Minimum booking of one school term.
Price per group
Schools we’ve worked with
St James, Barley Lane, Whipton barton Jnr School, The Spires Academy, Littleham Primary, Exmouth PSP, Okehampton College, Okehampton PSP, Westlands.
The Outdoors Group can provide emergency placements for students who need provision fast or require maximum flexibility. For example:
We’re also aware of the demand for places at PRU settings and Independent Special Schools and we can provide a short term solution if spaces are hard to find.
Emergency or short term provision can run from any of our Forest School sites.
£250 per day (times as above). This price also applies to any provision that is less than a term’s length in agreement.