Gardening for Children with Additional Support Needs

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Gardening for Children with Additional Support Needs

Venue: East Park School

Date: 7th November 2017

Some children and young people will require support that is additional to, or different from, that received by children or young people of the same age to ensure they benefit from education, whether early learning, school or preparation for life after school.

Through our national Campaign for School Gardening and community outreach activities, we are working to help all young people experience the benefits of gardening as they move from childhood to adulthood.

From 2009 to 2013, RHS outreach officers worked on three projects in a broad range of settings supporting children with Additional Support Needs. Evidence gathered from these projects showed that gardens provide a safe place for children and young people to make friends and interact with adults as well as learning practical skills that will help them to become more independent.  Gardening projects provide active, cross-curricular experiences for pupils to access the Curriculum for Excellence. Many children express themselves more freely outside. They are more organised and attentive and there are overall improvements to behaviour back in the classroom.

We believe in the power of gardening to challenge the idea of ability and disability. Through gardening, children believe in themselves and gain the confidence and self-esteem that they need to progress.

We have based our one day course on the learning we achieved in these projects. The course will give you the practical horticultural skills you need to work safely and confidently with pupils, so that they can be fully involved in gardening activities with the right level of challenge.

What to expect on the day:

  • Be able to select the right seeds, plants and tools for your pupils' sensory and physical needs.
  • Learn the horticultural skills that will get your pupils actively gardening and know how to assess their progress.

Explore how gardening can support speaking, reading, writing, number work and understanding information.

Discover simple gardening enterprise ideas that will build pupils' team working and organisational skills.

Age range targeted: All ages

Cost: £95 per person. £170 if you book two separate courses or two places on the same course.

Skill Level: Suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers working within an ASN setting, with little or no experience.

Venue - East Park, 1092 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 9TD

CPD Provider - Angela Smith

To book on this training course please visit -

schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/training