Thanks to so many who have given time, money and pledges we have built our Outdoor Learning Centre !
We want to share traditional outdoor skills and learning whilst breaking down those barriers between people with special needs, the wider community and workplaces.
We have gained planning consents, listed building consents and have a supporting business plan. Supporting pledges and funds raised to date details can be found on our Fundraising Blog.
Why we built our Outdoor Learning Centre
Children with special education needs (SEN) become adults with special needs who join mainstream society for the rest of their lives but are restricted in their options.
Many children have the ability to undertake significant and worthwhile tasks within society but do not have the requisite skills, particularly social and communication, which blocks their participation and acceptance in the workplace.
Research on behalf of the Council of Learning Outside the Classroom  revealed that 70% of teachers said it is more effective than classroom teaching in engaging different learning styles. Also 77% said that it is more effective than classroom teaching in motivating and enthusing children with regard to learning.
Learning Outside the Classroom has particular benefits for helping pupils with Special Education Needs to reach their potential. Children and young people with SEN often learn best by doing, and the opportunity to get out into the school grounds, local community or further afield can provide the children with real life experiences that can help them lead an independent life in adulthood.
Our Centre will...
- Provide training, courses and open sessions using our Victorian Walled Garden, Outdoor Learning Space, Rowdeford Woods, Rowdeford Grounds and facilities
- Study and record with all pupils, volunteers and communities using a variety of media and resources
- Undertake improvements and conservation enhancements with pupils, volunteers and communities.
- Give children and young people with special needs specialised environments and courses where their particular needs are taken into consideration and appropriate support provided.
- Share experiences and activities with children, young people and adults, both mainstream and with special needs , breaking down prejudices and barriers.
- Everyone , both mainstream and with special needs will be introduced to outdoor learning, rural and heritage skills and crafts.
- Prepare children with special needs for real life to enable them to undertake significant and worthwhile tasks within their communities.
- Undertake real life, heritage and environmental tasks with practical outcomes.