Who is the Alternative Education Provision for?

We work with young people from 8 to 18 year olds.

The young people we typically welcome to the farm are those who are finding their current mainstream setting difficult to cope with, those at risk of exclusion or young people who not able to access school at all.

We work closely with the surrounding Local Authorities, The Virtual School, a variety of local schools directly and we also welcome individual families to contact us directly to discuss specific requirements.

How It Works

Our Approach

The way we work is gentle and importantly pressure free, however we hold a strong framework of boundaries to ensure that our young people and coaches are emotionally and physically safe in the environment. 


Our approach is tailored to each student based on their individual needs and behaviours.

We do, where appropriate,  integrate elements of the school based learning curriculum into the time and activities that are accessed on the farm.

Our Facilities

Our environment supports a wide variety of learning styles and preferences for our young people. It is largely an outdoor based environment and we actively use our equine herd, the farm’s dogs, our small animals, bushcraft skills and the garden to engage with students and work in a varied way so we can assess what works best with particular individual needs.

Our Focus

The overall focus for our younger students tends to be typically more centred around addressing behaviours, building self-esteem, teaching self-regulation and working on relationship building, especially in the initial stages of building our relationships with them. We do also have as part of the team specialist tutors to teach core curriculum subjects.

Supporting Families

With regards to extending the working relationships beyond our young people, we work with schools, parents, carers and any other stakeholders to ensure a joined-up and holistic approach. This ensures that the positive impact, the overall wellbeing and support for our young people is at the forefront of all that we do.

Building Confidence

Our priority is to help young people and families build emotional well-being, engagement and self-awareness. We focus on helping our young people understand what ‘healthy relationships require and how they can grow their self-esteem and resilience.

Placement Time

Our recommendation to enrol students for a minimum commitment of a term for an agreed number of one-to-one 2-hour sessions per week, (though we will accept an enrolment for a half term as long as the expectations for outcomes are in line with the timeframe). The minimum number of hours required is 2 per week up to a maximum of 15 per week.

Typically, the development could then be progressed into working along-side other students. This then creates further opportunities to stretch the students, building the capacity for development in all areas beyond the one-to-one scenario. 


Our team are all qualified coaches, they have also undergone extensive training to enable them to work in a therapeutic approach. They are specialists in behaviour, which enables them to build a deeper connection and understanding of the challenges and behavioural patterns that our young people are typically experiencing. 

Practical Skills

The practical and dextral skills and abilities are a key area we consciously look at opportunities to develop. Students work with us practically in our environment, be it riding a pony or learning how to prepare a vegetable patch for planting, they are all highly valuable transferable life skills.

We submit termly evaluation reports on our student’s sessions.






Our Family Coaching Sessions

Family dynamics, the pressures of parenting, the expectations of today’s society, the relationship with school…. They can all influence the balance within the home and family dynamics.

We offer coaching specifically within the context of family; supporting you in creating a pathway back to a more balanced and harmonious life with your loved ones. We work with the whole or part of the family and welcome all levels of challenges or circumstances that you might be experiencing.


How to navigate periods of transition

Parents separating, bereavement, transitioning into teenage years, changing schools.

Difficulty within the school environment

Disengagement, bullying, anxiety, pressure.

Managing mental health

Autism spectrum conditions, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, self-harm.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-accident, post-trauma, inner-child healing.

Who will benefit from family coaching?

Any member of the family regardless of the family status. We work with parents, carers and children who may be experiencing challenges with inter-family relationships. These can be a result of direct or indirect challenges that have been encountered.


Guided Therapy

Our highly experienced coaching team are able to access our therapeutic equine herd to harness the power of Equine Facilitated Learning. This enables each family member to recognise their part in the family dynamics, allowing them to gently raise self-awareness, reframe unhelpful perceptions and take positive actions to enable sustainable desired change.

Transformative Changes

The process is highly supportive whilst at times challenging. Our coaching methods are advanced, we encompass a conscious and skilled balance of support and challenge to ensure that we are always working at a transformational level. We believe that by committing to the very highest level of coaching practice, we are then are able to serve our clients to the best of our abilities and for the greater good of all.


Help Through Difficult Times

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"Jack is finding most aspects of life extremely difficult at the moment, but has expressed that his time at Learning to Listen on a Tuesday, is when he is at his happiest."

What Our Students Say

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"I did not expect to be where I am now, this time last year"

"I would like to spend more time here, I feel listened to and supported."

"I can feel my confidence is growing."

What Our Students Say

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"I feel alive."

"The English tutor is brilliant here. I would definitely recommend her, she makes it fun."

"I feel like I fit in there."

"The coaches are hilarious , they are always laughing and full of banter."

What a lovely, solid foundation you've given my daughter

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"I wanted to let you know my daughter been on an absolute cloud since Friday. She spent Saturday and Sunday putting pictures into the journal you gave her and then writing long entries in another notebook, smiling and singing the entire time. Thank you so much for helping her have a great experience at Learning to Listen. She was convinced everything would go wrong, and you all had the patience and know-how to show her things are naturally up and down, but it's how we face it that can make it ultimately positive. Believe me, I understand what you were up against in changing her mind/giving her the right circumstances to learn for herself. What a lovely, solid foundation for her to be on as she goes forward."


Family coaching for Mother and Daughter with Autism Spectrum Condition

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“I wanted to email you and the team to say how amazing I think you are and to give you some specific feedback about what you did especially well. Firstly, that you met *Sophie with kindness and flexibility and you were quickly able to see that what she says and what she means are often so very far apart! You stayed true to your processes throughout and you worked hard to show her that she could trust you and that you would always listen.


I Didn't Like Being With Other Children

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“When I first came to the farm I didn’t enjoy being in large groups or being with other children my age at all. The farm has taught me how to keep and create healthy relationships with both the children and coaches.
I’m able to recognise when I use the skills I get from the farm in everyday life.”
Naomi, 16

I completed my training as a transformational coach through Learning to Listen

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"This 10 month journey was the most transformative experience of my life. I got to know myself on an incredibly deep level - both my shadows and my light - and learnt how to push my edges, heal and grow through it all .

This amazing course also facilitates equine coach training with these majestic animals."


Thank You!

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“Thank you to the team for making Hayley’s first session go so well. Hayley loved it! She has been very anxious over the weekend and worried about going but when she got back in the car she said “liked it” which is a big compliment.”

Parent testimonial

Equine Coaching Training

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"As someone who has only ever experienced conventional talking therapy before, equine coaching is completely refreshing and enlivening- instead of talking about your feelings you are actually living with them as you interact with the horse and witness your own emotions and energy mirrored back to you."

Making Positive Changes

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"'I was full of fear and hurt and hiding away not wanting to be seen yet yearning for change and for someone to notice me and help me. There was my problem, I needed to help myself and to notice me and understand me and feel me."

High Standard of Coaching

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"Sarah and Joanne our course facilitators are two women with passion and integrity who lead from the front. Being in their presence and seeing how they coach, hold space, question and challenge us set a very high standard for our coaching practice. I think their accredited coaching qualifications are quite possibly one of the best in the industry because they get to the heart of what it means to be a coach."

Professional Training

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"They are not teaching gimmicky frameworks or techniques . Their core teaching is that 'each of us hold our own answers' . Even as coaches we are not there to give advice, solve our clients problems or guide them towards a specific way of thinking . We are there to help them remember that they have all the answers inside of them. Transformation can be painful at times , but on he other side of the deepest resistance s the greatest of freedom."

Group Coach Makes Big Transformation

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"'I have gone from blushing and going completely blank in 15-minute group coaching practice to facilitating full sessions for my practice clients. I have seen a huge shift in my relationship with my fears and how to deal with them."

Family coaching for Mother and Daughter with Autism Spectrum Condition

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From a professional point of view, seeing how the horse’s kind of translate and amplify whatever the human is experiencing was so interesting. It was also great to see you have complete faith in the approach and models that you use even when things were tricky. In my background we always said that ’the wisdom is in the system’ which applied to both the process and to the individuals’ own systems. It’s something I truly believe, and it was great to see you doing your version of that.”

Thank You For Helping My Son

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"My son attended the farm with very challenging and violent behaviour, along with severe anxiety. The Farm have been able to work with him and help him understand his own behaviours and when crisis will happen. Only after a few weeks I could see the change and now months later we have a new boy in our life. Home life is so much better."

One to One Coaching

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"'The knowledge and understanding I have gained from this course has altered all relationships I have. The fear of avoiding was far greater than the fear of embracing, listening and talking but not now."

WOW! Thank You

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“I wanted to message earlier and say “WOW”! She was like a different child today after the session, she was telling me all about it and in her words… “It was the best session ever!”.
She said she enjoyed it so much. Thank You! I’m so proud of her and all she’s achieved today.”
Parent testimonial.

Learning to Listen Has Enhanced My Life

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"'My life has been rich and colourful so far and for the most part I was letting life happen to me but now life is happening for me, I have taken back control and I make my decisions for me for who I really am."

I Will Take All I Have Learned Into My Future

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“Thank you for helping me form healthy and safe ways of improving my mental health whilst giving me independence. I will miss the people and animals so much but will take everything I have learnt into the future with me.”
Rebecca, 16

Positive Changes

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"'This course has been the most transformational, life-changing thing I have every embarked upon. The friendships I have made and the journey I have been on with them and within myself is incredible."

I Really Love It Here

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“Thank you so much for letting me come here, this is really helping me. I love it here.”

Shane, 14

I'm Now A Better Coach

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"'My coaching this month has been with a focus on letting go of the thoughts of the ego and tuning into my intuition in its fullest form. It's hard to put into words as it is something that is felt and doesn't come from the mind; through following the energy and emotions beyond the words a client is saying, I can feel where the client is and am able to empathise more deeply."

I'm Excited for the Future

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"Thank you both so much for everything you and the course have given me. You've literally changed my life and I'm excited by what the future holds for me as I continue to grow and push on with my personal development and my coaching practice."

A Different Perspective

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“Riding Bonnie gives you a whole different perspective – physically and emotionally.”

Mark, 14


Exciting News...

We are delighted to announce the opening of a dedicated school here at the farm.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development. Please use our contact form to register your interest in a place.



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Learning To Listen
Easthall Farmhouse
St Pauls Walden

01462 542 050

We are situated out in the Hertfordshire countryside near; Hitchin, Harpenden, Luton, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn.