Alternative curriculum & student support

Step-Out has a long history of working with the hardest to reach students – those who find it difficult or impossible to achieve in a mainstream classroom environment. 

We consistently find for these students that…

  • time spent in the outdoor environment 
  • working in very small groups (no more than 4 students)
  • with tutors who have endless patience and a real empathy for the difficulties they are facing

…enables them to gradually able to begin to engage with life, community and learning.

For the above reasons, Step-Out are dedicating 2 x year-long Programmes to this type of student. They may struggle with their mental health, display behaviours that are challenging in the traditional classroom environment, have conditions that mean they need alternative options for learning or just have an ambition to work in the outdoors.  

Students may attend on their own, providing they can regulate themselves sufficiently to learn in a group of 4, they may be accompanied by their mentor or learning support or we can provide a 1:1 Step-Out Instructor to work with them during their attendance on these programmes (this will cost an extra £20 per hour but can also include a pick-up and drop off option within a reasonable distance).

At the end of the academic year, students will have completed either an E3, Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Skills for Living and Work.  

The subjects that Step-Out will deliver during the year are:

  • Woodland and Habitat Management
  • Green woodworking skills
  • Coppicing Crafts
  • Woodland kitchen
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • First aid 

Students will then also be given the opportunity to choose from the following:

  • Natural crafts (felting, willow working, etc)
  • Bike Maintenance and Mountain biking (these sessions will take place in 4 x 3-day blocks during the year as we have bought in specialists in this field to deliver these units). We have a workshop and North Shore Bike track now in the Step-Out woodlands
  • Archery
  • Forest School Level 1
  • Bushcraft Level 1 or 2

These Programmes: 

  • are for students aged 14 and over
  • are 150 hours in length (broken down into 35 days per year from 9.30 am until 2 pm – either Tuesdays or Thursdays starting w/b 20th September 2021) 
  • cost £75 per week, per student. This cost includes all their safety equipment, travel to and from mountain biking and archery locations, their lunch and all their certification costs.
  • are suitable for school refusers and home educated young people as well as those in specialist education.

There are a maximum of EIGHT PLACES for the 2021/2022 Academic Year so please get in touch ASAP if you are interested in these programmes.


In discussion with you and the needs of either individual students or small groups of students or young people, Step-Out can tailor a woodland programme (either an accredited course or a Forest School or a John Muir Award) especially for you. Please contact us for information on these opportunities.