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.

Forest School

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.

For KS1 and 2 Forest School is predominantly learning through play and their imagination is fantastic – be prepared to hide in dens, play with clay, ‘go fishing’ in the brook, ‘trap bears’, use natural paints, etc.

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.

Mountain Bike Programmes

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.


In order to obtain the best possible results with your group, we advise that you book the longest programme possible (minimum of six weekly sessions), as confidence and learning opportunities will grow as the participants begin to interact with the environment and build a relationship with the team.

Our sites have been chosen for optimum learning potential and are used exclusively by ourselves with groups.  They are accessible and exciting for all ages and abilities and we work closely with you in order to determine the most appropriate site for your students.

A Scheme of Work will be discussed with you at the onset of the programme and ½ termly reports will be written for each student.


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.

MTB Costs from £200 per day.

UNACCOMPANIED STUDENTS -  if you wish to send unaccompanied young people on a programme the cost is £70 per student per day (minimum payment for 4 students) which will including lunch and the additional staffing.