A classroom education isn’t always for everyone; some young people have the skills to succeed beyond pen and paper. Delivered by qualified, enthusiastic tutors based at The Stables Farm in Redditch, Worcestershire, LandEd was an Alternative Education Provision, providing land-based and environmental study programmes. It offered personalised and focused opportunities outside the normal curriculum to give young people struggling with education the best possible chance to succeed. These land-based studies not only provided genuine skills that can be used for rural employment but also transferable skills that can benefit the individual over the long term.
Taking advantage of a dedicated teaching area with indoor and outdoor classrooms, young people learned about horticulture, agriculture, animal care and woodland skills. As an established training centre, LandEd provided Ofqual recognised qualifications from Entry Level 3 up to Level 3 in practical animal care and countryside skills, enabling young people and private individuals to progress into further education, employment, apprenticeships and training.
The majority of our young people joined LandEd in years 10 and 11 and were often on the verge of exclusion from schools and academies.
Our courses provided enriching practical experiences to help young people gain qualifications, with 100% completing their course. All post-16 young people progressed onto further education, employment or training. The young people at LandEd developed wider transferable skills, such as the exposure to employment experience and development of team-work characteristics, as well as learning to develop empathy and care for the animals they look after.