Alternative Education

Black Dog Adventures has several programmes for working with disengaged and hard to reach learners. We have had many years of experience working with young people from all the Key Stages of education and with young adults with varying abilities and additional or complex needs.


For pupils with specific needs focused around physically active programmes, practical and adventurous with elements of managed risk we offer a mountain bike programme covering riding skills off-road, bike maintenance, safety and the law, physical fitness for cycling, culminating in a short expedition. Using the MIAS gears programme they can gain recognised awards.


Forest School is a unique and effective way of working with small groups of participants (typically up to 12).  All the learning takes place on one of our designated sites in the forest.

The Forest School ethos of student-led learning in the forest environment has been well documented to have outstanding results and we have found that as well as being successful with pre-school and primary aged children it is also a very successful process of learning for KS3 and 4 students, adults with additional needs, participants with mental health diagnoses, the homeless, families and those with acquired head injury or other disabilities.


For schools, pupil referral units or centres who are looking for a Bushcraft experience with more specified learning outcomes than Forest School (ie: a pre-programmed scheme of work),  or those who would like their students to gain vocational qualifications or to achieve a John Muir Award

On the longer programmes, students should expect to gain appropriate vocational awards or certificates.

These sessions will be led by an instructor with IOL (Institute for Outdoor Learning) Bushcraft Training as well as their Level 3 Forest School Leaders Qualification and who has several years of experience of teaching these skills to others.


Black Dog Adventures is a not for profit Community Interest Company and actively seeks funding to support these programmes and reduce the costs for your students. 

Forest School from £75 for a half-day or £150 for a full school day

Bushcraft Costs from £150 per day.



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