Accredited alternative therapeutic provision
Our philosophy is to create a centre which focuses on the future providing a stimulating practical environment with opportunities to engage, progress and gain qualifications. We help both primary and secondary children who are not engaged in mainstream education.
Situated within a working agricultural farm, children and young people will have the opportunity for out of the classroom learning making it more relevant and developing skills essential for the world of work.
We have two workshops that will provide practical opportunities, each designed to reflect vocational trades such as carpentry, art and textiles.
Nature and conservation are integral to P.L.O.T.’s philosophy. Children and young people will be encouraged to explore, discover and learn about the great outdoors through projects and team building activities. We also have 2 resident horses on the farm which the children can aid in caring for.
We have a maximum of 14 children per day, with small group sizes and high ratios of staff. We also have a full time therapist to provide extra emotional support for those that require it. All staff have an enhanced with barred DBS, and are first aid trained.
The day will begin with a philosophical approach, using the P4C (Philosophy for Children) framework, as we know the voice of the child is at the core of everything we do. This approach to the start of the day will also provide opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.
The four core values at the heart of P.L.O.T.
We start the day in the community hub following the P4C philosophical enquiry approach. Not only developing critical thinking, it will also provide opportunities for discussion and debate around current issues. The curriculum for this session will reflect the core areas of the GCSE syllabus for citizenship. For the primary pupils, the P4C framework will be embedded into their circle time at the start of each day.
Life skills will be embedded into everything we do at P.L.O.T. Problem solving activities and team building provided in the afternoon will help to develop and enhance communication and confidence. Outdoor and indoor cooking will provide opportunity for health and hygiene awareness and first aid.
Our workshop is an art studio with full access to paint, textiles and clay. This is where the secondary pupils will be based, providing opportunities to develop important new skills. For our primary school children, he outdoor classroom provides opportunity to learn about the environment and animal care.