How much do sessions cost?
We work with entire classes of 30 children with one or two practitioners depending on your requirements and the project.
Our charges are:
£220 per day per practitioner
£150 per half day per practitioner
What other costs should we consider?
Resources - We always try to use recycled materials and use what is available to us for free, some projects may require resources for delivery. If this is the case we will agree a budget before the start of the project.
Clothing - Special outdoor clothing is not a requirement for the children, but experiences are always better if you’re not too hot or too cold. We can offer help and advice on building a stock of clothing and wellies for the children to use.
Tools – We have enough tools and gloves to keep a class full of children busy in your growing space and can help advise you on building a stock of gardening equipment for your school.
Can you help us get funding for our project?
Yes, we can offer advice on developing a funding bid for your project. We also regularly share funding news through our newsletter – sign up.
Additionally, we work in partnership with Straight Forward Funding who have helped many schools secure funding for projects. Please contact Lisa Jagger at http://straightforwardfunding.com/ or like their facebook page for daily updates and top tips for your proposal.
Is there any funding available to help us with our project?
Listed below are some current funding opportunities. Please note: some of these funders will NOT accept applications from schools but groups associated with your school such as your PTA or friends group.
Additionally, some of these funders will only pay for resources or/and the installation of infrastructure, others will pay for sessional fees for Grow to deliver a project in your school.
- Kirklees One Community Foundation – www.one-community.org.uk/
- Awards for All – www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/Awards-For-All
- Ernest Cook Trust – http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/
- Tesco Bags of Help Grant - www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme
- Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant – www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/environmental-grant
- One stop carriers for causes – www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/Carriers-for-Causes-uk
- Wilko – Supporting the Community Fund – corporate.wilko.com/stories/supporting.php
- Growing a Greener Britain – https://www.growingagreenerbritain.org/small-grant-programme/
- South Yorkshire Community Foundation - www.sycf.org.uk/
How do you measure your success?
At the beginning of a project Grow to School set outcomes with the school. Outcomes vary dependent on a school’s aspirations and from project to project; they could be around learning outcomes, quantity and success of food growing, establishing what children have learnt around their topic or subject through our sessions or through targeted monitoring of certain children around engagement and behavioural criteria.
As an organisation, a key measure of success is being asked back by schools to work with children and staff on further projects.
Evaluation is an important tool for us to measure our efficacy and successes. We do this with the children and staff at the end of each term.
What happens if it rains?
The session will still go ahead anyway. It helps if the school has forewarned the families and children about the bringing suitable clothing - raincoat, wellies, warm clothing. We are aware, however, that this doesn’t always happen. Some schools have their own supply of raincoats and wellies, some don’t. Some schools have a covered outside classroom, some don’t. We adapt on the day and make the situation work as best we can. We can do the session inside if required.
What’s the time commitment for teachers?
Grow to School will do all the planning and preparation. There is no extra work for teachers to do other than share their planning, feed into session content, take part in the session and observe how their children learn outside. We can also provide classroom follow up work.
Our main aspirations are to share the benefits of outdoor learning as widely as possible and to support you to take the children outside for their learning and development.
How many people can take part?
Grow to School work with whole classes of up to 30 children per session. A session can be delivered all day or we can work with two or more classes over the course of a day, we can adapt the sessions accordingly. We can also work with smaller nurture groups for any duration.
Will you help us get the space ready?
Yes. Grow do all the preparation and get everything ready as long as we know where the shed key is!
We can also give advice and signpost you to help and support for infrastructure construction including growing beds and other facilities for outdoor learning.
What happens if we do not have the outdoor facilities?
Grow to School can help you to get the most out of your outdoor space no matter what size it is. We work with schools with tiny tarmac playgrounds to ones with whole woodlands and fields.
We can also help you use local green spaces such as parks and woodlands to run sessions.
We have never done this before, what’s the first step?
Please follow the Link to – our customer journey – on contacts page
What we offer
What is the difference between Outdoor Learning and Forest Schools?
There are many similarities between Outdoor Learning and Forest school sessions in that both have huge proven benefits children's health and well-being, both nurture and develop ‘soft skills’ such as handling risk, problem solving and co-operating with others. We at Grow to School plan and focus our sessions around the curriculum and the food growing year. Forest Schools sessions are child led and do not link to the curriculum. Grow sessions are shown to increase pupil motivation and inspiration and connect learning to real life examples. We work in collaboration with school staff to support, strengthen and enhance the classroom learning and provide staff CPD so your school can go it alone.
Can you tailor your classes to the needs of our children?
Grow to School can tailor any session to suit your pupils needs, as long as we know in advance what those needs are.
Please contact us directly to discuss any special needs. Grow has worked with children with a wide range of additional needs and can target sessions to the any level. We have experience of working with special schools and can offer sessions for those with severe needs if required.
Who we work with
Do you work with other partners?
Yes, we are partnered with Eco-schools England work with schools to help them meet their Bronze, Silver and Green Flag criteria. And all our food growing material is approved by Food for Life Kirklees and has been written to help school's meet their Food for Life Bronze, Silver & Gold awards criteria.
We are also ALWAYS happy to share new ideas and investigate ways of developing partnerships that get children outside for their learning, help them grow, cook and eat their own food. If your organisation or school has an idea for a working partnership project do get in touch.
Can we speak to someone you have worked with already?
Please see our case studies and testimonials pages to get a flavour of some of the schools we work with. Feel free to contact them if you would like.
How many schools do you work with?
To date Grow to School has worked with over 45 schools and are always developing new working partnerships.
Do you run after school clubs?
Not as standalone sessions, no. We can, however, attach them to our other activities in school.