Alternative Provision for EBSNA & Other Needs

An offsite AP balancing the need for freedom with curricular progression

 

Emotion Based School Non Attendance (EBSNA, EBSA) has increased in recent years creating a challenge for schools to fulfil their obligation to provide a suitable education. Our three day offsite alternative provision blends the freedom of outdoor learning with the structure of core subject learning.

 

Express interest in our Offsite Alternative Provision

"Our involvement with Mike and the Out To Learn team has transformed our approach to outdoor learning and has seen a very natural evolution of the way in which we plan and deliver outdoor activities for our children.

Mike and the team have very quickly become valuable members of our school family and I have been so pleased with the way in which we are able to work so collaboratively.

The children love Mike and are always enthusiastic to be involved with his sessions. We are all really excited about where this will lead and can already see the positive outcomes that this work has had on the whole school's well-being and mindfulness."

Colin Horsfield

Headteacher, Halton Community Combined School

Aligns with your
school’s priorities
to focus on the child,
their attendance and
positive mental health.

Connects outdoor
activities with
academic subjects,
making learning relevant
and engaging.

Fosters social
and personal
growth, self-esteem,
problem solving and
collaboration.

Instils environmental
responsibility and
nurtures informed and
active citizens.

Develops resilience,
leadership and
the confidence to
overcome challenges.

Opening this summer the project grew out of a collaboration with local SENDCOs and families who needed something different. Our setting supports the children emotionally with small group sizes and plenty of outdoor freedom while maintaining the focus on curricular progression with the aim of eventual return to school.

 

Are you a School Leader or SENDCO at a primary school in the Three Counties? We might be able to help.

Designed as a solution to Emotion-Based School Non Attendance (EBSNA, EBSA), where the focus needs to be on maintaining academic progress and interest while giving the child the space required to regulate and feel safe. This alternative provision (AP) enables all parties to work together to support the child’s holistic development.

As an established OFSTED-registered provider of offsite and onsite alternative provisions, Out to Learn is perfectly placed to support children emotionally through access to and engagement with nature. Facilitated by a SEND-experienced team of tutors, teachers, and outdoor educators, we understand how to achieve this delicate balance.

We can support EOTAS (Education Other Than At School) packages and contribute to fulfilling child’s EHCP (Education, Health & Care Plan) outcomes . Full reporting is included in this service, ensuring you are fully informed of the child’s progress.

Blending Forest School, Outdoor Education, Mentoring, and Tutoring (English, Science, and Maths), this is the perfect solution.

Please express your interest by completing the form.

 

Out to Learn Outdoor Learning Gallery
Natasha Lewis
Natasha Lewis
2024-04-09
What a golden gem this project is! My child diagnosed ASD has been attending every half term for around a year now and he always comes out so happy. This is the only place he’s had a consistently positive experience at.The activities are well thought out and engaging for all children with opportunities to learn valuable life skills. The team are fantastic at building self confidence and building an environment the children feel included and comfortable in. They really take the time to get to know the child individually and are fantastic at supporting their needs. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming and you can see they genuinely care. I really can’t speak highly enough of this project and the people involved. Thank you so much for what you do!
Lataya
Lataya
2024-01-16
My 6 year old son attended this camp for 2 days during Christmas holidays and absolutely LOVED it. I was extremely nervous leaving him on day one and actually sat in the car park for 2 hours waiting until I happened to see my son and the group walking to the woods to start a camp fire - my son looked in his element. That was very reassuring for me. The feedback from both my son and staff was very positive. My son can’t wait until he can go back in the holidays. Never found anything so suited to his interests and needs during the holidays before! Mike and the other staff were amazing, thank you SO much.
Carrie Lloyd
Carrie Lloyd
2024-01-07
My daughter attended all four days of the camp. She was so happy to have learnt new skills and enjoyed her outdoors time especially. The staff were always friendly and helpful and were really accommodating when she was anxious. I'm grateful that my daughter could get active outdoors and have fun even in the cold & rain!
Melissa Mostyn
Melissa Mostyn
2023-10-29
Before joining Out to Learn, for months following deregistration from school my son was very withdrawn with school trauma. He spent days gaming and refused to join any group activities or team sports. I couldn’t even get him out of the house. I was determined to get him into nature and so persuaded my son to do a trial session with OTL. He was immediately hooked! In the ensuing 18 months since, my son has had a flexischooling education, joined an U12 football squad set to compete in Barcelona next spring - and accumulated a wide knowledge of and respect for nature and wildlife, bushcraft, carpentry, cooking from scratch, and teamwork. How did OTL facilitate the return of my son’s confidence? By providing clear, patient, inclusive and well-informed leadership every week, allowing him to explore nature and wildlife in a variety of ways, build meaningful friendships, develop an awareness of neurodivergence, and add to his literacy and numeracy organically. Most of all science, which was always his favourite subject at school, has become even more invaluable to my son after learning about biology, genealogy, physics and chemistry in practice, ensuring an evolving interest in evolution and technology. I cannot imagine him ever stopping attendance of OTL. Mike and his team are wonderful facilitators and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Five stars all round.
Carmen Miron
Carmen Miron
2023-10-17
Out to Learn are outstanding!! My children love the outdoor activities that Mike, Gwendoline and the team have put together over the years. They spark curiosity, desire to participate, a safe and comfortable environment while being active, connected with nature and having so much fun! My 10 year olds acquired skills not available to them elsewhere and that gave them a sense of pride and independence, which is huge, especially for senco. We need more educational settings like this and the adequate support for them to provide the inspirational attitude for life! Thank you Mike and stay awesome!
Nisha Malani
Nisha Malani
2023-10-16
I highly recommend Mike Williams. My daughter (10) has been learning from him for 2 years and she absolutely loves his groups. I asked her to describe Mike's teaching and she said "I love it because it's fun and very interesting. Mike is very good at explaining things."
Robert Grant
Robert Grant
2023-10-10
Runs a great group with the kids, mixing science and bushcraft, orienting and social skills
Peter Wallace
Peter Wallace
2023-10-09
Mike Williams, is an exceptionally gifted leader in education. My son loved his lessons, mainly because they were thought in an interesting, and imaginative manner, because of that he remembers the lessons very well. I would highly recommend Mike, to anyone looking for a great facilitator of education, in a non traditional setting or manner. Highly recommended by our family.
Jamie uk
Jamie uk
2023-10-09
This Bushcraft experience is highly recommended, I took my two along and they both really loved the activities (ring making, fire starting), so did I for that matter! It was educational and enjoyable day out, the host Mike himself is very welcoming and really has tailored this experience soo well, it is both kid and adult suitable. If you want to get out in nature, this is a great start!👍
Veronica Brodie
Veronica Brodie
2023-10-09
My 11 and 8 year old daughters have attended Mikes sessions. He is kind, caring and considerate. He has helped my daughters confidence to grow and made my children feel very welcome and included. His style of teaching is inclusive to all and he is very enthusiastic and empathic. My children have learnt a so much with his help and he is a wonderful teacher. We highly recommend!!
Tarp set up really well by the kids this morning at #colneyheathschool - we're enjoying time around the fire together with singing, talking nature and science and generally getting stuck in. At Out to Learn we bring meaningful outdoor experiences to children both in and out of school supporting their confidence, emotional development and fostering a connection with nature. #outdooreducation #foreststschool #bushcraft #appliedscience #adhd #dyslexia #autism #neurodiversity

Tarp set up really well by the kids this morning at #colneyheathschool - we`re enjoying time around the fire together with singing, talking nature and science and generally getting stuck in. At Out to Learn we bring meaningful outdoor experiences to children both in and out of school supporting their confidence, emotional development and fostering a connection with nature. #outdooreducation #foreststschool #bushcraft #appliedscience #adhd #dyslexia #autism #neurodiversity ...

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How wonderful to be involved in playing music again after such a long time. Four part harmonies, mandolin and fiddle... pretty much my dream band! First gig after two rehersals and we decided to call ourselves Chiltern Echos :) hoping to find a budding sound engineer to join us next. Lovely way to spend the day at #cheshamcarnival

How wonderful to be involved in playing music again after such a long time. Four part harmonies, mandolin and fiddle... pretty much my dream band! First gig after two rehersals and we decided to call ourselves Chiltern Echos 🙂 hoping to find a budding sound engineer to join us next. Lovely way to spend the day at #cheshamcarnival ...

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In less than two terms, the children at @bledlow_ridge school have transformed this unused pond area into a beautiful peaceful sanctuary for wildlife (including humans) to enjoy together. Sitting by the pond around a fire, listening to the birds and looking for signs of other visitors is a simple joy. With planning, hard work, and creative insight, we can now enjoy a space that was previously considered unusable. #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #forestschool #teambuilding #powerofnature #appliedscience

In less than two terms, the children at @bledlow_ridge school have transformed this unused pond area into a beautiful peaceful sanctuary for wildlife (including humans) to enjoy together. Sitting by the pond around a fire, listening to the birds and looking for signs of other visitors is a simple joy. With planning, hard work, and creative insight, we can now enjoy a space that was previously considered unusable. #outdoorlearning #alternativeprovision #forestschool #teambuilding #powerofnature #appliedscience ...

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Not bad for a classroom view! I remember gazing out of the window at #school daydreaming. This is our newly built #outdoorclassroom at our #ofstedregistered site. A beautiful view all year round. Thanks to @abovebelowfestival team for your amazing hard work and support in creating this wonderful space for our young people to be inspired and to connect with #nature 🙏 

#outdoorlearning #forestschool #appliedscience

Not bad for a classroom view! I remember gazing out of the window at #school daydreaming. This is our newly built #outdoorclassroom at our #ofstedregistered site. A beautiful view all year round. Thanks to @abovebelowfestival team for your amazing hard work and support in creating this wonderful space for our young people to be inspired and to connect with #nature 🙏

#outdoorlearning #forestschool #appliedscience
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#runnerbeans #salad #leeks #garlic #lettuce #beetroot AND #strawberries !!! Not too bad for the first year :) #outdoorlearning #onsitealternativeprovision #lovenature #outdoorschools

#runnerbeans #salad #leeks #garlic #lettuce #beetroot AND #strawberries !!! Not too bad for the first year 🙂 #outdoorlearning #onsitealternativeprovision #lovenature #outdoorschools ...

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The cress grew wild over Easter so the children cut it, bagged it and sold it after school. £9 raised for the pond fund! #growingfood #childreninnature #natureinschools

The cress grew wild over Easter so the children cut it, bagged it and sold it after school. £9 raised for the pond fund! #growingfood #childreninnature #natureinschools ...

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