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Developing Alternative Provision on care farms

Where: Online, delivered for GCF by ThriveLearn

When: Friday 4th March 2022 to Friday 18th March 2022, with live events on the 11th or 15th March

Who For: Care farmers, green care providers and prospective care farmers who would like to offer regular, structured services to young people on Alternative Provision as part of their education programme.

Cost: £50 (full cost is £110, Funding for the GCF project has enabled us to offer this course at a subsidised rate). Payment via PayPal or by credit card on PayPal app

More details:

The developing Alternative Provision course explores how care farming can be provided to meet the needs of school age children requiring alternatives to mainstream education. Care farming has proved to be an effective medium for this user group, using meaningful physical activity in a social situation with the possibility of working towards a land-based qualification. The course will describe how to explore and assess local demand for this provision and how to form relationships with schools and Local Education Authorities.  It will also look at procedures involving examining bodies to become an accredited centre for course provision, so that qualifications can be offered (where appropriate).  You will learn how to create activity sessions that meet the needs of this group, how these fit into a typical day, and how to plan over a longer period.  Consideration will be given to assessment, attendance, outcomes and progression. The specific needs of this group regarding engagement, managing group dynamics and building resilience will also be discussed.  

On this course you will:

  • Learn about the challenges faced by young people receiving alternative educational provision and how care farming can help meet their needs.
  • Learn how to use the farm and adapt the site for young people receiving Alternative Provision.
  • Identify skills necessary for successful engagement with young people  in Alternative Provision.
  • Look at planning your day, activity planning and facilitation
  • Understand induction and assessment processes, including outcome measurement.
  • Identify further sources of support and guidance for this user group, including information about the Social Farms & Gardens Code of Practice.


This is a blended course, held over 2 weeks with flexible access to all learning materials and staggered live event times to accommodate different learner's commitments to home and work. The schedule can be viewed here 

7-10 hours learning time required, including the live events.



March 4th, 2022 9:00 AM through March 18th, 2022 12:00 PM
Online via ThriveLearn
United Kingdom
GCF Training fee
GCF Blended learning online attendee £50.00