Welcome to Quantock Outdoor Education

Alternative education and special education provider delivering outdoor and agricultural programmes to children & young people. 

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Quantock Outdoor Education (QOE), is an alternative education provider. We aim to inspire young people to learn, enjoy and embrace the outdoors. This is delivered either 1:1, 1:2 or in small group sessions by our trained QOE coordinators. We re-engage young people in learning, helping them to build confidence and self esteem through vocational training and meaningful work. 

We provide unique learning environments for the children & young people that we work with. It is essential that we build positive, trusting relationships with them & their families.

The individual programmes that we develop for each child is designed to develop a wide range of skills, as well as focusing on their social and emotional well-being. Our therapeutic approach aims to revisit gaps in childhood play, learning and experiences.

Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they encounter. Whilst learning to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves, which boosts their confidence and self-esteem.

  • We advocate for the benefits of care for wild places

  • Forest School & sustainability

  • Taking learning outside - equine, water and sport based activities 

  • Develop self-regulation skills & build resilience (the skill of coping with risk and failure).

  • Gain a sense of achievement through the John Muir Award.

  • Increase motivation and concentration & improve problem solving.

A safe place to share thoughts, feelings and have opinions heard and explore new places and try new activities.

  • Gain Qualifications and work experience recognised by further education and employers.​

  • Access to mentoring and support

  • Increased self confidence and esteem

  • Developing social and practical life skills.

What is alternative education - what does it involve?
Forest School, Equine Activities, Outdoor pursuits, Water Sports, Cooking & Farming