Theraputic & Holistic LearningOur Holistic Provision
Our Holistic THRIVE Provision
For some children and young people, learning to flourish both personally and academically requires a different approach. Targeting therapeutic and emotional support, or engaging more holistic, creative and bespoke styles of learning can be inspirational and life changing. We have a number of fantastic farm and forest provisions, along with state of the art vocational hubs, which offer programmes of learning that do just that!
As well as working successfully across Kent in and out of mainstream settings, we bring education out of the classroom and into natural, practical and dynamic settings. Our farm sites provide our youngsters with time and space, in a safe environment alongside our many rescue and therapy animals. Our woodland setting hosts an exciting Forest School, allowing students to flourish and engage in the excitement of learning outdoors among nature. Our professional grade recording studio and media suite has opened up a world or creativity, music production and design. The Tuition Extra Construction, Woodwork and Mechanics’ suite provide real opportunities to learn in a hands-on and kinaesthetic skills for life – we aim to inspire a love of learning to suit each individual child.
Our professionals have trained in trauma-sensitive approaches, with compassion at the heart of all that we do; every child matters. The thrive approach understands the importance of building positive relationships.
Learn more about our bespoke holistic THRIVE provision below!
At Tuition Extra, we facilitate the time and space for children and young people to progress emotionally and academically with our professional mentors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists and THRIVE practitioners. Our holistic farm programme integrates several evidence-based therapeutic methods with practical land-based and horse-care techniques.
Our professionals have trained in trauma-sensitive approaches, with compassion at the heart of all that we do; every child matters. Farm therapy is functional, meaningful and effective. We understand that finding the correct environmental conditions that allow for each young person to reach their full potential is of paramount importance. Our students finish their programmes at the farm with increased mental toughness, with confidence in their ability to take on the future and handle emotional change.
The farm settings host a variety of animals including horses, chickens, goats, ponies and therapy dogs. Many of our animals have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. As such, they have a connected sensitivity to the young people who work with them. All our environments are accessible and friendly with facilities comprise of a learning centres, wild gardens, stables, training ground and carpentry workshop. Practical farming and horse-care techniques are applied to therapeutic sessions such as horse-riding, horse-care, animal feeding, animal handling, egg collecting, environment care and gardening. We can deliver and teach a range of BTEC courses from the farm including Horse Care, Construction, Engineering and Carpentry!
The THRIVE Approach
Thrive is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach. It is informed by recognised neuroscience, child development theory and research. Tuition Extra’s personalised and flexible approach encompasses therapeutic provisioning alongside education. As a wrap-around service, our professionals are THRIVE Approach trained to help pupils to regulate their behaviour and learn about their emotions to be better equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs. The thrive approach understands the importance of building positive relationships. We ensure that the young people are given the appropriate amount of time and space to do this.
- Thrive closes the gap for vulnerable children across a range of measures including attainment, behaviour, relationships, self-confidence and attendance. (McGuire-Snieckus et al 2015). Supplementary evaluations were carried out in 2018 and 2019 that further support these findings.
As qualified Thrive Practitioners, our team support the social and emotional development of the young people that we work with, within a highly creative and bespoke, yet structured and measurable, way. Our team’s collective experience provides a unique and powerful solution that can respond with wrap-around support to individual need.
As such, we can offer a truly tailored learning experience and a choice of creative, vocational and academic pathways from our Kent based farm and forest settings. The tranquillity and space of our natural, outdoors sites, combined with our professional THRIVE Approach, means that our students progress rapidly, both emotionally and academically.
The combination of our therapeutic and farm provisions, with our bespoke programmes of education, remove barriers to learning whilst empowering our most vulnerable young people, inspiring and enabling them to achieve their full potential.
Meeting needs using the Thrive approach
Thrive allows us to provide targeted interventions that meet the child/young person where they are. Our licensed Thrive Practitioners use the Thrive-Online tool to create detailed action plans and plan suitable interventions to address the young person’s presenting needs through appropriate relational experiences.
Family THRIVE is holistic support for the whole family/carer unit. Our Practitioners at Tuition Extra are also able to support the adults around our children and young people by offering regular Family Thrive workshops with our highly experienced Family Thrive lead.
These sessions are sensitively delivered in an accessible and creative way. Parents/carers benefit from learning practical strategies to support their young person through times of change and difficulty, identifying triggers, learning de-escalation strategies and how to be a behaviour detective. Working in collaboration we ensure that our young people really do thrive.
“The thrive course has helped us gain confidence, knowledge in the Triune brain and ultimately how to support our daughter, particularly when shes struggling to regulate her emotions. Doing the course together has enabled us to work better together towards a common goal and presenting a united front to ****. This course has also given us more confidence when discussing ****’s care with other professionals who aren’t necessarily on board with what we’re trying to achieve. We still feel that we have a lot to learn but with Amanda’s recommendations, we feel that we will get there! We are extremely grateful to Amanda and her non-judgement towards us and our daughter. ”
“ Excellent course! Very informative. Amanda explained the content really well. In the most enjoyable way of learning. I learnt a great deal. Amanda is very supportive. The course content is both interesting and useful! ”