The Impact of Farm School

Yew Tree Farm School sessions are run by qualified teachers and can incorporate many areas of the national curriculum. Students are able to cover topics that are ordinarily taught in schools so time spent on the farm is not time that needs to be made up elsewhere. However, the benefits are far greater than just academic success.

Working alongside animals is hugely beneficial for children and young people. Animals have a positive impact on self-esteem, empathy, engagement and behaviour. ​ Through caring for the animals, students learn to put others’ needs before their own. This is a hugely valuable skill and one that can be especially difficult for some children. Learners begin to understand that they are responsible for the animals, increasing their self-esteem as they become able to independently care for them. Empathy towards the animals develops and in turn the ability to empathise with other people emerges too. ​ By returning to Yew Tree Farm School on multiple occasions children start to be aware of their emotions and improve their emotional self-regulation, in order to remain calm whilst working with the animals. Overall these improvements lead to a change in behaviour, including a reduction in inattention and impulsivity, which has an enormous impact on the children’s ability to learn and most importantly their happiness.