Project information

Outdoor Education for disabled children

Ufton Adventure is an innovative and ground breaking charity. We raise the aspiration and attainment of disadvantaged and disabled children through outdoor education. Our success is due to strong partnerships and close collaborations with schools, and the repeated nature of the intervention.

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Charity information: Ufton Adventure

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  • Need


    Every child needs to spend time outside experiencing the natural world. Children with disabilities tend to be more isolated, and participate less in social and community activities. At Ufton Adventure we carefully differentiate planning and risk assessments to ensure that every pupil has a chance to enjoy the outdoors.


    We have developed two programmes with children visiting repeatedly. 'Life Ready' is designed to support the children's development, help them cope with their emotions and better understand how to cope with school and home. The other 'Work Ready' is aimed at helping disabled young people become prepared for work. We are developing collaborations with local employers to combine our work to assist disabled young people in gaining the confidence, skills and experience needed to get a job.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Becoming ready for life - Ufton Life Ready Ladder of Success


    » We work with partner schools' to develop individual personal targets and encourage children to take as much responsibility for themselves as they can

    What success will look like

    The children return to school as more successful learners, children have a positive attitude to challenge and increased motivation and appetite for learning

    Aim 2

    Becoming ready for work- Ufton Work Ready Ladder of Success


    » Through repeated visits to Ufton, young people are helped to develop the values, skills and awareness that are needed to be successful at work

    What success will look like

    The children will gain key personal skills, increased confidence, social and environmental awareness, broadened horizons, activity skills and understanding of health and fitne

  • Impact


    All children share many of the benefits and outcomes of outdoor education, but outdoor education can contribute significantly in helping young disabled people relieve stress and anxiety, develop social skills, motivate learning across the curriculum and allow them to be practical, responsible and show their abilities.

    We develop skills with our programmes over time that will lead to work placements in retail, catering and gardening.


    For many children with special needs and their parents, a residential trip can be very worrying which means that simple childhood experiences of sleeping away from home are rare. In addition to this, children are asked to take appropriate levels of responsibility for themselves which can be very challenging. Over the course of a programme of visits to Ufton Court children experience a different style of teaching and learning in a new setting and their confidence grows.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,071

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,564 Staff Costs Teachers and Fundraising
      £1,396 Catering and Household costs Food and Educational Materials
      £2,650 Depreciation Depreciation
      £1,355 Rent & Utilities Rates, Rent, Insurance and utilities
      £2,106 Grouped Cost Including £640 maintenance,£430 Health & Safety costs
  • Background


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


    Our programmes are run for special needs children who are attending mainstream and special needs schools.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ufton Adventure is an innovative 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.


    Fiona Craig

    Managing Director of Ufton Court

    Neil Gauld

    Lead Teacher - Ufton Adventure