For the second year in a row, Prior’s Court has played host to a training session to spread knowledge on using horticulture to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In association with the horticulture-based charity Thrive, Prior’s Court hosted a two-day training session called Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in Mainstream and Special Schools to Support Pupils with SEND.

A dozen external delegates from across the country were based in our horticulture department for the course on Wednesday, 20 November and Thursday, 21 November, where they were provided with the 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.

Our land-based vocational steam lead Wendy Moffatt was also involved in the sessions, complementing the work of the Thrive course leader.

Wendy said: “After a successful partnership last year, it was a pleasure to again host this course. 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.

 “I hope all delegates enjoyed their time at Prior’s Court and found the training course helpful.”