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Delegates from across the country have been gaining new insights into how horticulture can support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at a special Thrive training session.

For the second year in a row, West-Berkshire-based autism charity Prior’s Court hosted our two-day course that provided a dozen people with information, skills and practical techniques that will allow them to create and develop horticulture activities in their school, and create year-round programmes that meet pupils’ needs.

Prior’s Court’s Wendy Moffat, who was involved in the sessions, said: ‘After a successful partnership with Thrive last year, it was a pleasure to again host this course.

It is tremendously useful for people with similar backgrounds and interests to come together to share ideas on best practice and this session provides that meeting of minds.

Wendy Moffat, Prior's Court
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Delegates getting to grips with a practical task during training. Photos courtesy of Prior's Court

`We strive to provide comprehensive provision of horticulture teaching at Prior’s Court and being chosen by Thrive to host this course is a real compliment to the service we provide.

`It is tremendously useful for people with similar backgrounds and interests to come together to share ideas on best practice and this session provides that meeting of minds.’

Damien Newman, Thrive’s Training, Education and Consultancy Manager, said: `Social and therapeutic horticulture has been shown to help the learning and development of children and young people with SEND, so it was encouraging to see the breadth of schools represented at Prior’s Court from across the country and their desire to learn more about it.

`Our approach to using gardens with children accessing SEND provision is to create programmes that are therapeutic to support wellness and development toward independence. Depending on the school’s requirements, they can be tied together with the curriculum if needed. Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is a holistic medium and learning is part of all programmes.’

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