Project information

Education Equestrian Centre Project

A new project to teach lifelong transferable skills to children and young people with special needs and disabilities through contact with horses.


Charity information: Education For Everyone

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  • Need


    Many children and young people in the UK are currently missing out on the opportunity to learn lifelong transferable skills as they are being failed by the education system. There are many reasons for this including: (i) children with special needs often have to wait months or years both for a diagnosis and then to be placed in an appropriate educational setting; (ii) a lack of suitable training for educational professionals and (iii) a lack of alternative education provision.


    Our project will offer children and young people with special needs and disabilities a non-classroom based environment in which they are able to learn and develop a range of lifelong transferable skills they will be able to use throughout their life and in the workplace. There is a wide body of research which shows that these skills can successfully be taught to these target groups through contact with horses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To teach lifelong transferable skills to children and young people through contact with horses.


    » Children and young people will spend time undertaking a range of tasks caring for horses and learning a range of transferable skills.
    » We will offer a series of talks which will build upon the practical experiences offered in Activity 1.

    What success will look like

    Children and young people will successfully be able to undertake a series of tasks to care for horses with minimal supervision.

  • Impact


    The lifelong transferable skills children and young people learn from caring for horses will provide them with invaluable tools to use throughout their lives and also to potentially take into the workplace. The development of these skills will be demonstrated through their increased ability to undertake activities to care for horses with decreasing amounts of supervision. We also will look to receive feedback from parents/carers on how these skills are being used outside of the project.


    Safeguarding - all staff will be DBS checked and received regular safeguarding training. Accidents - we have a wide range of policies covering all aspects of health and safety and these will be clearly communicated to all participants along with actions to be taken if these are not followed as well as ensuring all appropriate insurances are in place. Staff will receive first aid training.


    Through a project specific website; monthly newsletter; through our range of social media channels and in our annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,220

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,560 Rent Annual rent for premises (paid monthly)
      £9,100 Wages Annual wage bill for salaried staff
      £300 Horse Feed Horse feed and bedding
      £1,000 Training Budget for first year
      £1,100 Insurance Public liability; employer's liability and yard insurance
      £1,160 Horse Care Worming; Farrier; Vet
  • Background


    At present the project is based in Hertfordshire during our initial set up and training phase (training for both staff and horses). The final location of the project will depend on the location of a suitable yard once training is completed and finance is in place. Ideally we will be looking to either remain in Hertfordshire or move to East Berkshire although nothing is 100% definite.


    Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We will initially look at special schools and schools with a higher than average percentage of children with SEND in the vicinity of the project. We will also be happy to receive referrals from GPs; schools and local education authorities as well as directly from parents and carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity's main objective is to ensure that children both receive an education and are more able to make the most of the educational opportunities they receive. The project is overseen by staff both with experience of teaching children and young people with SEND as well as working with these people in contact with horses.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Polly Lambden

    Head of Project/Yard Manager - responsible for the day to day running of both the project and the yard. Social media and safeguarding lead.

    Dean Brockway

    Chairman of the Charity - oversees the business/financial side of the project and adviser on teaching children and young people with SEND.