About the Programme


Ride High also offers a programme for schools. Using horses and associated clubroom activities we are able to engage with children who find mainstream lessons and activities challenging.

About the programme

Our programme is structured in a way to deliver improvements in:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Self-control
  • Teamwork
  • Horsecare and riding
  • Participation

Impact

The programme promotes confidence and self-esteem which in turn enhances educational achievement and can help with the transition to the next stage of their application.

Ride High creates a targeted learning plan for each group depending on the children’s needs as identified by the school.

We typically see the following developments in our children/young people:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Greater engagement in school activities
  • Improved behaviour in and out of the classroom
  • Improved peer relations
  • Improved self-control and strategies for managing anger and emotional issues
  • A willingness to challenge themselves and try new activities
  • The ability to transfer new skills to different areas of their lives

Evaluation, feedback and reporting

Ride High uses a programme called Outcomes Star to measure the children’s wellbeing and progress. Outcomes Star captures the voice of the children, their needs and their perspective on various areas in their lives including feelings and behaviour, friends, confidence and self-esteem and education and learning. In collaboration with the school we use a ladder scale to help the children identify where they are at the beginning and end of their Ride High journey to track their progression.

The children’s work and activities are also evidenced using film, witness statements, photos and exemplar pieces of work. The work and evaluations are moderated regularly to ensure consistency.

Oral feedback to schools is available on a weekly basis and written reports on pupils’ achievements are provided at the end of each course. Ride High also ask for regular feedback from schools.

Provision

Programme length: one term course (usually 10-12 weeks) or 2 hour sessions
Group size: 8 children/young people within a 2-3 year age range
Timing: Groups attend during the school day at a time to suit the school timetable
Transport: available at additional cost.

Eligibility

Children and young people aged between 8 and 17. Can include, but are not limited to, those who are:

  • disengaged or have poor attendance
  • having difficulties at home or school
  • struggling to integrate into school
  • struggling with peer relationships or bullying
  • lacking in confidence or have poor self-esteem.

Staffing, training and insurance

The Ride High Programme is delivered by qualified teachers and experienced Clubroom Leaders and supported by volunteers. All workers receive regular safeguarding and first aid training, and have DBS clearance. Health and Safety Policy and Risk Assessments are in place, as is Public Liability insurance. All the relevant policies are available in the How to refer a Child section of our website.

Costs and sources of funding

As Ride High is a charity we are able to provide places at heavily discounted rates – schools can use the pupil premium to cover the majority or all of the cost. Additional funding options include:

  • Personal Education Allowance for Looked After Children (PEA);
  • MK Strengthening Families Programme.

For more information please contact:

Hannah Thompson, Children’s Manager

E: childrensmanager@ridehigh.org
T: 07507 308943