SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE (& FAMILIES)
TRANSFORMATIVE COACHING THROUGH HORSES (AND DOGS, ACTUALLY)
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROVISION
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
AREAS WE HELP WITH
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.
HOW OUR FAMILY COACHING WORKS
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.
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.
EAST HALL SCHOOL
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
St Pauls Walden
01462 542 050
We are situated out in the Hertfordshire countryside near; Hitchin, Harpenden, Luton, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn.