Jamie’s Farm exists to transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools by providing a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’. We aim to re-engage children with educational life, enabling them to fulfil their potential both in their school and community. Currently our model is based around an intensive residential experience on working farm in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds and in Herefordshire. This approach improves pupils’ attainment in the longer term by developing their softer skills such as resilience, self-esteem and discipline. However, having opened a second residential farm and spoken to our partner schools about further support they want from us, we are now offering an additional, seasonal programme specifically designed to accommodate and facilitate revision residentials
In recent years, many schools have understood the value of taking children out of school for a week in the run-in to their external examinations. We recognise that these experiences can offer a crucial boost to the prospects of children to achieve their potential. Furthermore, these experiences have been found to be disproportionally valuable for the most disadvantaged pupils. This is unsurprising. Children from more deprived backgrounds are often unable to have the same level of support and engagement at home. Being subjected to an environment that is not conducive to learning is a barrier to learning for Pupil Premium children that we have to work to do something about.
Consequently, Jamie’s Farm has devised a residential experience that will allow a school to target around 24 individuals with an intensive package of support. We believe there are some unique aspects of Jamie’s Farm that marks us out as a perfect location for this to take place:
The following is an example timetable of the week. This can be adapted depending on the specific needs of the group
This timetable is based a total of 24 pupils. The 24 pupils will be divided into two groups of twelve. Each full day has two three-hour sessions which will be divided up so that one group of twelve will do farm activities for 90 minutes, while the other twelve will be doing revision for 90 minutes. Then they will swap so that for the second half of the session, the group that were doing farm activities will now do revision and vice versa. This swift rotation allows pupils who are not brilliant at focussing for extended periods of time the chance for variety. However, it could easily be amended so that sessions will take the full three hours to allow for a deeper level of work and less time lost in transition, or so that sessions can be broken down even more to allow more shorter, sharper work. Activity sessions will include: farming; log chopping; gardening; cooking; artwork; carpentry and horse-work.
From the programmes offered above, we believe we will be able to greatly enhance the standard of revision your target group of pupils will gain. We are looking forward to piloting this work, and believe that subsequent evaluation will demonstrate that children who benefit from this experience will show improved
outcomes compared to those who have a different residential.
‘I have been looking forward to Jamie’s Farm offering this product for some time. Having seen the professionalism of the staff and the magic of the environment in the way they work with some of my most vulnerable children, I am really excited about the prospect of my school working with
them to boost the prospects of a target group through this provision.’ Carly Mitchell, Principal Oasis Academy South Bank
Jake Curtis, Programme Manager