Team Tutsham Academy - Equine Assisted Therapy

The transition from disengaged child to adult - the transition from school to a college or workplace. With lack of direction, this is a challenging time and where we see vulnerable young people struggle to cope.


As a successful charity, working with vulnerable children, we have already helped many of them grow into prepared young adults. We have supported these young people to gain the skills they need to be able to apply for college, an apprenticeship or a job in a very competitive environment. With our help, our young people have been successful in gaining places at college to study Equestrian or Farming courses, they have got apprenticeships at Horse Racing Schools, got jobs as grooms and gone on to unrelated careers such as training with the police force. 


We support:


NON EDUCATION ATTENDERS - Young people who struggle to access the school curriculum due to exclusion, failure to attend and long term sickness. This group need to learn work and social skills to enable them to continue into adulthood in a way they can financially support themselves. 


CARE SYSTEM - Young people in foster care fall face a real challenge when they turn 18. No longer under the foster care system, they lose all the support they had through childhood. It is this window that we feel we can make a real difference. Working at the farm gives them some real work experience and a reference they can take with them. 


SPECIAL NEEDS - Mental and Pysical. We see the difference that time in the fresh air, in a rural environment, with the quiet and ample space does for these young people. Interacting with the horses, you can see the connection immediately. This group particularly enjoy planting up flowers and veg in the Team Tutsham Garden.  We have supported these young people through ASD crisis and anxiety attacks. 


We have had proven success with all these group’s which makes us unbelievably proud. An opportunity to not only learn about horse care, but social skills, team work, support applying for colleges/jobs, help writing CVs and interview practice.  We would partner with local business to give our Team Tutsham Academy "Graduates" the best chance of a place of work or work experience when they go on and leave us. There is an opportunity to earn qualifications with our accredited ASDAN courses. There are a maximum of 4 in a group and the session involves some horse riding/horse care, farm animal care, land based skills (inc tractor work) and some classroom learning. 


Outcomes Measurement would be termly against specific objective and targets for each young person. After a joint discussion about the need, goals and ambitions of the individual, we ensure that we put bespoke programmes in place for each person. We have a tracker to monitor progress each term. 


We have an experienced and passionate team who are dedicated to helping these young people make a read difference to their futures.
Our staff have the following qualifications and accreditation's:
BHS Stage 1
BHS Stage 2 Complete Horsemanship and Foundation Coach
BHS Stage 3 Care and Riding
NVQ Levels 2 & 3 - Horse Care and Management
NVQ Level 3 - Children and Young Peoples Workforce
NVQ Level 3. - Childcare Learning & Development
NVQ Level 2 - Childcare
NCFE CACHE Level 2 - Counselling
NCFE CACHE Level 2 = Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
Accredited Courses
Safeguarding & Prevention
Inclusion Awareness
Mental Health First Aid
County Line Training
Caring for Young People who have experienced Development Trauma
Street Based Violence & Gangs
Working with Teenagers
Understanding the Post 16 Factor
Child Protection
Supporting Children with Emotional, Behavioural & Social Difficulties
Understanding Trauma
Therapeutic Approaches for caring for traumatised children and young people
Safeguarding against Radicalisation - The Prevent Duty
Life Story
Children who lie
Understanding the Teenage Brain
Dyslexia and Dyscalculia overcoming barriers
Supporting English as an Additional Language
EYFS Effective Teaching and Learning]
First Aid
Food Hygiene

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