Berry Fields

Alternative Education Provider CCC

What students are currently offered provision?

  • Students not accessing mainstream education.
  • Excluded or at risk of exclusion.
  • Suffering physical or mental health conditions.
  • Poor school attendance/refusing to attend school.
  • Dealing with challenging life circumstances.

 

Special Educational Needs, Mainstream outreach visits in schools, young people with mental health, anxiety and well-being needs.

 

In addition, we are happy to work with home educated pupils and pupils at risk of exclusion or poor attendance.

 

Our Equine Facilitated sessions are suitable for all and can be tailored to small group and individual sessions.

 

 

Brief description of curriculum offered: 

 

Equine assisted learning is a way of helping individuals achieve their goals through interaction with horses.

 

Children, young people and adults can engage in learning through participating in therapeutic activities with horses.

 

  • Bring learning to life
  • Gain access to exceptional hands on animal experiences in your own setting.
  • Teach responsibility and respect
  • Increase motivation and boost self esteem
  • Improve negative behaviours
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Develop Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Social inclusion
  • Self-awareness and self-control
  • Anger management
  • Improve attendance
  • Increased self-awareness and self confidence
  • Support emotional and behavioural growth
  • Support Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
  • Personal self-development
  • Improved communication skills and teamwork skills
  • Animals are non-judgemental, attentive and perfect listeners, interacting with them can give a child / adult the confidence without realising they are learning.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) involves non-riding interactions between humans & horses from the ground. The horse is generally considered the teacher and a human facilitator is there to help guide the participants on a journey of learning & understanding

Being with equines can teach us much about relationships and successful communication and getting to know individual horses through a range of activities such as grooming, haltering, leading and lunging, can help us become more aware of our own mental and physical processes.

Paying attention to our body language and physical sensations, may lead to a better understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Why choose Equine Facilitated Learning?

Horses don’t criticise, they are non-judgemental, sensitive, and responsive to intent. They can detect emotions and usually provide immediate and honest feedback. Most importantly horses don’t lie because they don't separate how they feel from how they act.

Hence EFL offers a unique opportunity to explore behavioural issues in a non-confrontational way, encouraging the development of verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Opportunities for powerful metaphoric learning often arise and as self-awareness develops, we ‘grow’ as individuals, finding it easier to change our perception of ‘self’ and of ‘others’.

When can it help?

Clients who attend sessions often have low self-esteem or lack confidence. They may find relationships and social interaction difficult or feel anxious and depressed.

Being with horses has many healing benefits and Equine Facilitated Learning has something to offer anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and their relationships. Building a successful relationship with a horse relies largely on the development of mutual trust and respect but skills such as concentration, observation and curiosity are also necessary.

Practitioners may choose activities to encourage these skills, including how to manage and care for a large animal. This can be empowering, helping to improve confidence and self-esteem. Horses also offer affection and ‘connection’ through touch and stroking, both of which have been shown to be therapeutic in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

The sessions provide individuals or a group the opportunity to become engaged in situations that require interaction with the horse and participants, and for the participants to reflect on these experiences. The overall intent is to create opportunities for participant self-development and to internalize this awareness within the sessions and generalize it to other life situation

 

Children, young people and adults have the opportunity to engage in learning through practical EFL sessions and forest learning opportunities.

 

Equine Facilitated Learning linked to individual needs, SEND, Mental Health & Well-being in addition to direct links with the national curriculum.

 

Within our school outreach program there are many obvious links with science, however individual programs can be tailored to the needs of the child/young person and other specific areas of the curriculum.

 

We also deliver outdoor forest learning within our setting.  This enables us to teach a variety of core and foundation subjects.

 

As a qualified teacher of 19 years, qualified SEND Leader and experienced headteacher I am able to adapt and tailor individual educational programs to meet the needs of the young person.

 

All planned curriculums offered would be shared with parents and other setting if appropriate.  We also work using a plan do and review process ensuring that every session is tailored to meet the needs of the child and can be differentiated to enable the child to get the most out of every session and accelerate progress.

Cost for an academic year/term/weekly or sessional basis:

 

Hourly sessions from £25 per hour delivered at Berry Field Stables

Morning sessions 9:30 – 12:00 from £75 per child

Full day 9:30 – 3:00 from £150 per child

School outreach packages 6 visits per school year £1200

Visit to setting £200 within a 20-mile radius of PE12.  Additional transport costs may apply outside of this radius.

 

Current Schools, Local Authorities you work with:

 

Currently I am working with a small number of schools in Cambridgeshire WSP area.  Delivering a structured Equine Facilitated Learning Program which includes school-based resources and six school visits of Equine Facilitated Learning.  Full package details are available on our website.

 

We are also working with individual families and groups that home educate.  We are able to adapt and write tailored learning plans and EFL sessions to meet individual and group needs.

 

We are also working with community groups with a focus on Wellbeing, Dementia and Domestic Violence support for victims.