Primary School Course
Horse Power is a life skills and emotional literacy programme, developed at Greatwood for young people with specific educational and learning needs. Students have the opportunity to develop social and communication skills and to increase their self-esteem through interaction with small animals and rescued ex-race horses. As an education centre we link the programmes to the National Curriculum and liaise closely with education services to ensure that our work is complementary to the students’ needs.
Primary School Course
Delivered as an individual programme, based on the Horse Power© programme (as detailed above), but tailor-made to cater for individual learning needs. This programme is designed to assist in the transition back into main stream classroom education or from primary to secondary education. The course can be extended for as long as necessary in 6 week blocks and can be for two hours each session if required.
Secondary School Course
NOCN unit accreditation for Developing Confidence in Working with Animals - 3 credits towards a Level 1 Qualification in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. Secondary aged students completing this course have the opportunity to build on their confidence whilst working with Thoroughbred horses and a variety of small animals. They will cover topics ranging from following health and safety rules, to understanding the natural behaviour of animals and how to recognise them. An Individual Learning Plan is also created for each learner in order to monitor the development of key transferrable skills, such as communication, working with others and managing emotions over the length of the programme.
Secondary School Course
Secondary aged learners completing this 24 week course will achieve an Award (6 credits) in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. This course has a strong vocational focus and includes gaining an understanding and practical skills in assisting with animal accommodation, the movement and handling of small animals and a work experience and volunteering element. The range of facilities available at Greatwood allows learners to engage with various areas of the land-based industry including horticulture, woodlands and equine care. These areas, and the roles associated with them, not only build on social and emotional aspects of learning but also present numerous problem solving tasks in which students have to work together in small groups in order to achieve the required result.
Secondary School Course
Secondary aged learners completing this 24 week course will achieve an Entry Level 3 Award (6 credits) in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. This programme is designed as a progression route for learners wishing to move up to the next stage of learning. Learners can choose between the units ‘check that a small animal is healthy’ or both ‘Digital photography’ and ‘Groom a small animal’ to make up the required credits.
Secondary School Course
Secondary aged learners completing this 33 week course will achieve an Award (6 credits) or Certificate (18 credits) in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. This course has a strong vocational focus and includes gaining an understanding of the principles of moving and handling animals; assist with the care of animals; dealing with animal accommodation and a work experience element. Transferrable skills are an integral part of this programme with particular focus on interpersonal and teamwork skills and the opportunity to cook our home grown produce in the Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating unit and Using Cooking Skills in the Domestic Kitchen. The range of facilities available at Greatwood allows learners to engage with various areas of the land-based industry including horticulture, woodlands and equine care. These areas, and the roles associated with them, not only build on social and emotional aspects of learning but also present numerous problem solving tasks in which students have to work together in small groups in order to achieve the required result.
Aiming to help combat the rise in unemployment amongst young adults, this innovative programme’s objectives are to provide students with a nationally recognised accredited qualification in basic horse care (5 credits). This will enable them to progress further in the equine industry or put them onto the path to further learning and will develop key workplace skills such as motivation and confidence. This course is aimed at 16 – 24 year olds.
Designed for those learners that would like to progress to work within the racing industry, this programme provides learners with an insight into the tack used in racing and how it is cared for. The programme includes classroom activities alongside lots of practical work with the ex- racehorses at Greatwood. The qualification is valued at 6 credits that are nationally recognised.
Developed in partnership with the British Racing Authority (BHA), the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in an Introduction to the Horseracing Industry (QCF) is designed to deliver an introduction to the horseracing industry to people who have an interest in, and may want to work within, this area but have little previous experience. Racing Ahead will give learners the basic knowledge required to progress onto further learning or into a career in the industry.
What is H.O.P.E™?
Greatwood has piloted a new suite of educational programmes in 2018. H.O.P.E™ focuses on addressing the effects of trauma (including PTSD), aiming to promote Post-Traumatic Growth and personal development. The courses are for, but not limited to, serving and former armed services personnel, reservists, emergency services workers and their families.
The inclusive, interactive and learner focused environment at Greatwood is used as a vehicle for self-development and progression. By utilising Thoroughbred horses, a range of other animals as well as our sensory and vegetable gardens, we work together to support a wide range of personalised targets. These include improved self-esteem, psychological wellbeing and communication skills; in addition to qualifications and experiences that support career transition and instil a belief in a positive future.
Although the learners at Greatwood often face common themes, individual factors are supported by well trained staff. The H.O.P.E™ series of programmes are specifically aimed at all those living with the effects of trauma and build on existing programmes of work shown to be of therapeutic value. Both former racehorses and former service personnel have experienced a high level of training and discipline, together with a strict regime. Reintegration into domestic and/or civilian life can present significant challenges. Greatwood recognises that the empathy felt between horse and human can foster the positive growth of self-esteem and identity. This can in turn be used as a stepping stone for the exploration, creation and development of new life possibilities and career paths.
This reflects the cycle of rehabilitation and change.
HOW CAN H.O.P.E™ HELP?
Although tailored to individual needs, the H.O.P.E™ programmes fall broadly into three complementary and interchangeable areas:
Our well-developed programmes of equine assisted education provide opportunities to:
These qualifications are intended primarily for learners in the 14–19 age groups, but may also be used by other learners who wish to gain an introductory understanding of a vocational area. When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a Level 3 course or an Apprenticeship. BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace. The BTEC First suite continues to reflect this ethos and builds on the recommendations outlined in the Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report (March 2011) and further emphasised in the Study Programmes for 16–19 year olds consultation (June 2012). These reports confirmed the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum for all learners.
The BTEC First in Animal Care will:
This qualification is primarily for 14 to 16 year olds that would like to learn more about the food we eat. It will involve spending time in the garden growing and harvesting food then using the produce to cook healthy meals and snacks. The aim of this course is to promote an understanding of healthy eating and the fruit and vegetables available locally and seasonally. The units for this qualification are:
Learners may be asked to bring additional ingredients from home for cooking on occasions.
‘Your Career Calling’. Level 1 Land-based Studies qualification. The course covers a range of both animal and equine care units, with plenty of opportunity for practical experiences with our variety of livestock, as well as building up self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills. It is an ideal entry point for learners with a keen interest in animals, including horses. . As a City and Guilds accredited programme, it will also provide an excellent knowledge for progression into further education, an apprenticeship or employment within the industry. No previous experience is required.
This qualification is run as a Study programme for anyone aged 16-19 years of age and is a full time programme incorporating the land based qualification, Functional Maths and English, Work Experience and enrichment opportunities.
Greatwood is able to offer Functional Maths and English in a contextualised environment. Entry level 3 to level 2 initial assessment, diagnostics, and learning resources with qualified tutors to improve essential knowledge in weak areas to enable learners to improve these work related skills and achieve exams in Functional skills at the required level.