This course is an introduction to delivering Alternative Provision on a care farm or other green care site - i.e. an alternative curriculum for young people and children who have a defined need and is available as a one day face to face course or an online blended learning version which takes place over two weeks.

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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. There will also be signposting to  further information and how SF&G support the expansion of care farming through the GCF resources and care farming Code of Practice.

This course is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers and green care providers who would like to offer Alternative Provision on their care farm as part of an education programme.

One day face to face option:

The one day face to face course is held on a Code of Practice care farm or green care site. The day starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4.00 - 4.30pm with lunch included. Four Developing Aternative Provision on care farms face to face courses will be held per year, with the geographical location rotating around the country. 


**All our face to face training is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions **

**NEW** Blended learning option:

The blended learning option provides the flexibility to enable participants to work through engaging learning material in their own time combined with live events where they can interact with each other, course tutors and care farming practitioners. Courses represent 7-10 hours learning and 'go live' on the Friday of week one, and finish two weeks later on the Friday of week 2. The schedule can be found here

The cost of the course is usually £110 but through the Growing Care Farming project we can offer the course at a subsidised rate of £50


  • Course starts Friday 3rd December 2021 (with live events on the 10th or the 14th Dec), course ends Friday 17th December. More details and booking
  • Course starts Friday 4th March 2022 (with live events on the 11th or the 15th Mar), course ends Friday 18th March. More details and booking

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