Project information

Ufton Adventure working with Slough children

We enrich disadvantaged children's lives through inspirational and challenging education outside the classroom.Through repeated visits, our Ufton Adventure programmes develop confidence and independence through challenging outdoor activities.Children become more confident and successful learners.

September 2016 - July 2017

Charity information: Ufton Adventure

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  • Need

    Need

    The children we support are all living in social deprivation. Many are living with complex issues such as domestic violence,bullying,abuse and addiction.They are under achieving at school and at risk of disengaging and falling out of education and employment altogether. Working with children from Slough, this project will enhance their social and emotional development to enable them to better engage with school.

    Solution

    By working in collaboration with schools, who identify their children and the areas to be focused upon- we build life skills, tenacity, resilience and empathy.These are the skills young people need to cope with life's challenges. We also enrich the national curriculum with Maths and English skills, enabling children to return to school as successful learners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raising aspiration and attainment - to be work ready

    Activities

    » By offering dynamic, age appropriate residential programmes in the woods at Ufton.

    Increased motivation of children. We work with schools to monitor and evaluate the impact and the appetite for learning


    Aim 2

    Increased confidence and independence

    Activities

    » To be able to stay away from home on repeated residential visits

    Increased motivation of children. We work with schools to monitor and evaluate the impact and the appetite for learning


    Aim 3

    Improved achievement at school

    Activities

    » To ensure that children's learning is progressive and build on their knowledge through each visit

    Increased motivation of children. We work with schools to monitor and evaluate the impact and the appetite for learning


    Aim 4

    Development of empathy, team building and leadership skills

    Activities

    » We will build life skills through challenging outdoor activities

    Increased motivation of children. We work with schools to monitor and evaluate the impact and the appetite for learning


  • Impact

    Impact

    Reading University are evaluating our impact with a longitudinal study over 5 years. The interim results are overwhelmingly positive, showing children to be more engaged in school and having more self-awareness.

    Children return to school as more successful learners. They have increased confidence and are more ready for life's challenges.

    Risk

    Sometimes it is difficult for disadvantaged parents to allow their children to stay away from home residentially. To help parent's understand what goes on at Ufton Court, we run Children and Parent days during the school holidays. These visits allow troubled families to bond and spend time together in the outdoors.

    Reporting

    We provide regular updates and newsletters. We will share the results of the Reading University study.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,282

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      Amount Heading Description
      £34,611 Staff costs staff
      £7,577 Activity Costs activities
      £4,261 Grouped cost Overheads (£1888), Equipment(£2124) and publicity(£249)
      £8,833 Depreciation Depreciation
  • Background

    Location

    We are located in Berkshire - in 16 acres of private woodland.

    Beneficiaries

    Children from Slough will visit Ufton repeatedly

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ufton Adventure is an innoative and ground breaking charity.

    Our unique approach of repeated intervention and close collaboration with schools, results in a life changing impact on the educational success of disadvantaged children.

    We are based in 16 acres of private woodland, to help provide a passion for outdoor learning in the young people that visit Ufton.

    We've been established since 2006.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Gareth Morris

    Head Teacher of Claycots School, Slough And his team of exceptional and committed staff

    Fiona Craig

    Managing Director of Ufton Court

    Neil Gauld

    Lead Teacher - Ufton Adventure

    Team Of Expert Practitioners Based At Ufton Court

    Dedication, enthusiasm and passion

One child a year ago could only speak Tamil and five or six words in English. Academic subjects such as literacy and maths were a real challenge for him because of this. But we brought him to Ufton Court and here he’s the first one to light a fire.. He’s smiling and brimming with success.

Luke Graham, Assistant Headteacher, Claycots School