Beechcliffe farm is set in a quiet rural area in Staffordshire, offering pupils first-hand experience of being part of a working farm life and the changing of the seasons. Pupils get the opportunity to work alongside the farmer giving them the knowledge and confidence to adapt life skills into everyday life. Pupils will assist in the handling, and care of his livestock, as well as learning about animal anatomy, animal welfare, and the agricultural industry. The animals allow the pupils a therapeutic approach to their learning. Pupils also get to assist in general maintenance around the farm; putting up fences, clearing trees, checking soil quality, stacking bales of hay, assisting move cattle and sheep from one part of the farm to another having to communicate and work as a team in getting these tasks complete whilst keeping themselves and the animals safe.
The farm offers opportunities for kinaesthetic, audio and visual learners; encompassing a holistic approach to their development and self-esteem building. Its learning aims are:
- Working as a team
- Developing communication skills
- Improving numeracy through material handling, cooking and animal care
- Getting a wider understanding of food, its origins, and cooking with fresh, organic produce
- Become confident when working around and handling livestock and farm animals
BTEC Level 1 Award in Personal Development for Employability.