This 10 hour initial assessment is the starting point for children and young people who are not in school or who are looking for alternative education in curriculum subjects such as science, English, Maths and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

This course provides an opportunity for initial assessment and is available in a flexible way to meet the needs of each learner although most people attend for two hours a week for five weeks.

Sessions are fun and friendly and cover a range of activities with the horses in a natural outdoor environment.  This course is not about ‘fixing’ someone but is an opportunity for the learner to take the lead, to be heard and for there to be no expectation of achievement.

We have found that this release of pressure very quickly empowers learners, enabling them to increase their self esteem and self confidence and think about their goals and aspirations. On completion, learners will have a plan for further courses or qualifications.


“I loved designing the edible collage and watching the horses eating all the foods.”


Topics for the sessions include: 

  • Staying safe
  • Healthy eating
  • How we learn
  • Feelings and relationships
  • Sending and receiving messages
  • Listening skills
  • Handling life’s difficulties
  • Labels and being me
  • Behaviour.




Nationally-accredited qualifications, including Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT (information communication technology), are available from Entry 1 through to Level 3 and can help to show progress achieved by the learner.

There are hundreds of units to choose from including:
  • Employability
  • Skills for Professions in Animal Care
  • Developing Personal Confidence and Self Awareness.