Uplands Educational Trust

Helping young people with special educational needs to help themselves

UET Farm

Learning for life… supporting young people to develop working & living skills

 

UET Farm provision is based in Leigh a few miles outside of Swindon. It offers young people the chance to engage and interact with livestock and learn life skills in health and safety, environmental care, life processes and horticulture.

The farm provision offers a variety of activities for young people with special educational needs including complex learning difficulties. Young people have the opportunity to interact with their peers and the staff while taking part in practical hands on experiences.

We have a great and growing family of animals from rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, ducks, bantams and chickens to our latest , and very popular, addition of George the pony. Students and trainees partake in grooming, feeding and caring for the animals. Daisy, Lucky, mother and daughter Ruby and Rosie ensure that everyone gets a friendly welcome!

Who uses the farm?
The farm is fully inclusive and benefits all users, regardless of their ability. The farm is used regularly by young people with special educational needs including wheelchair users and those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. We now have a fully accessible poly tunnel with wheelchair height planters, allowing all users to benefit from the facilities we have. We are also developing alternative communication aids to help our young people who have difficulties with verbal communication.

How does working at the farm benefit the young people?
The UET Farm provision benefits the learner in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the individuals through: 

  • Responsibility gained from all aspects of animal care
  • Feeling a sense of pride through nurturing produce that they are then able to use in their own cooking
  • Enhances learning outside of the classroom environment, creating a diverse learning experience
  • Freedom to enjoy a sense of space in a safe and secure environment
  • Gaining meaningful qualifications such as BTEC in Work Skills
  • Learn work related skills such as basic animal care, using farming equipment safely and workshop skills