Greatwood focuses on educating disadvantaged children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through equine assisted learning. Greatwood’s innovative educational programs are inclusive and are designed for young people aged 5-24 with cognitive, physical, emotional and social challenges or disabilities, with the aim of making a real difference to the future lives and careers of students as well as facilitating their social mobility.
As an accredited Alternative Provider of SEND programmes and Provider of ‘Positive Activities for Young People’ with the Wiltshire Council, Greatwood offers a variety of unique resources to both mainstream and specialist schools as well as to parents and carers; exclusion and reintegration multi-agency teams; the LAC Service (looked after children); and local authorities to meet the needs of vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young people in the community. Being able to offer a variety of inclusively diverse programmes has helped to enable those that have previously attended one of our courses, the opportunity to sustain their educational development at Greatwood. Since 2006 Greatwood has now educated over 3,000 disadvantaged children and young adults.
Greatwood’s SEND Programmes aim to:
- Provide socially inclusive opportunities to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people from challenging environments by re-engaging them back into education, training or work.
- Educate young people with first hand experiences of farming, animal welfare and horticulture.
- Identify future job opportunities by bringing alive the countryside as a place of work as well as understanding the career landscape.
- Work towards reducing young people at risk of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training); crime; and anti-social behaviour.