Supported Learners Programme

For: Children and young people aged 8+ years who have additional needs, are at risk of exclusion, NEET or LAC.

Duration: six weekly modules. We can also offer a vocational programme for older students through the ABRS.

We are currently working with primary and secondary schools, across Milton Keynes, Northampton, and Bedfordshire. It is a largely outdoor programme, in which the main activities are learning about and undertaking yard and horse care. The development of social skills and improved emotional intelligence are key outcomes, and this is made possible by working in a small group (generally up to three young people).

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on communication skills, participation, teamwork and in fostering independent working where possible. We focus on developing emotional development as we use horses to help the young people understand and communicate how they are feeling and reacting. Each session includes a half an hour riding lesson. The staff complete weekly assessments for the young people and use Outcomes Stars.

There is no classroom element to the programme, so it really benefits young people that like taking part in hands on, practical experiences. The young people should be accompanied by a support worker from school each week.

"All the children have really enjoyed their sessions. They have gained enormous confidence in working with the horses and all that that entails, but they have also become more confident in class. One of my child’s attendance was 30% before starting at Ride High. They now have 100% attendance. This child’s wellbeing was a 1 previously and when I asked him recently how he was feeling he said 5+. I asked him what had changed and he said Ride High”.

Teacher, MK Secondary School.





For further information please contact Susan Walls .

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