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Raising Attainment: Outdoor Adventure Learning



“Over the last 16 months, our partnership with Barcaple has developed into something we could never have imagined.  As we are based within one of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities (SIMD 1), we work with a large number of disengaged and at times, volatile young people who live chaotic lifestyles, which often sees them refusing to engage with statutory services.  Since our initial visit the Barcaple team have worked tirelessly to make the Centre safe and suitable for some of our more challenging young people, the instructors have invested in their personal development and this has seen some dramatic changes in the lives of our most vulnerable young folk.  I can think of one group visit where our young folk had the potential to really challenge the Barcaple team however Andy and the team stepped up to meet their needs, and we have now seen those not achieving national qualifications being awarded alternative qualifications including those in literacy and numeracy, thanks to our Barcaple visits.” Dylan Harper 

What we offer:

Abernethy has a long history of Outdoor Adventure Learning: Abernethy sows the seeds for young people to achieve their potential long after they leave one of our centres. 

We believe that taking pupils out of their comfort zone in a safe environment away from home is a positive way to re-engage disengaged learners and raise attainment through alternative learning pathways.  We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to experience the outdoors!

As well as having lots of fun, we are strategic in the way we use the great outdoors as an alternative and inclusive classroom.  Whether it’s working as a pair paddling a canoe, as a group in a team challenge, having the opportunity to lead, or participate in our unique Explore programme, our expert team will help young people take newly acquired skills back to the classroom.  Our collaborative learning opportunities give young people the chance to discover more about themselves, growing emotionally, mentally and physically.

We purposefully carve out times of reflection and self-assessment, in order to build assertiveness skills, and our instructors will help young people with communication and respecting others, and behaviour management techniques. 

We regularly see the impact of our programmes in pupils, who may have arrived at the start of their trip to Abernethy with low self-esteem and low-confidence.  Our qualified staff are well-equipped to help students persevere and build confidence in their own abilities and leave feeling motivated and energised ready to face the many challenges lying ahead.

The wide-range of activity choices we offer gives teachers an opportunity to work with us to create a bespoke programme for the group.

An Abernethy experience is designed to motivate, encourage and build resilience in young people, growing in confidence together, and ultimately taking these back to the classroom, as well as trying something new.

Find out more:

Our Schools Business Manager, Lesley Pearson, is happy to answer any of your general school booking questions on 01313 363588 or by e-mail, or you can contact the centre of your choice directly.

Our Centres:

Abernethy Ardeonaig | Abernethy Ardgour | Abernethy Barcaple | Abernethy Nethybridge

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