We provide a suite of qualifications which are targeted at Vocational learning. They are all NCFE Qualifications taught at level 1 and level 2.
The areas are:
- Food and cookery skills – Level 2
- Occupational Studies which includes:
- Motor vehicle
- Child care
The amount of time young people spend outside is dramatically decreasing with many spending less time outdoors than prison inmates. We need to reconnect our young people with nature to increase their appreciation for their surroundings. By deepening their sense of connection with nature, school Horticulture helps inspire environmental stewardship. Young people are able to learn about water and energy cycles, the food chain and the individual needs of different species, together with the long-term impact of humans on the natural environment.
Horticulture provides young people with opportunities to gain extra outdoor exercise whilst teaching them useful skills for life. Growing fruit and vegetables helps to revise attitudes about particular foods – students are more likely to try eating vegetables they have grown themselves and to ask for them at home. This can have a positive impact on their family’s shopping and meal choices and assist in decreasing child obesity.
Growing and caring for plants teaches responsibility and patience and promotes sensory development.
At Tor School we have numerous planters, several raised beds, a greenhouse and a dedicated shed to deliver the subject to students of all ages across the school. Our KS4 students pursue the horticultural elements of the NCFE Occupational Studies in the Workplace, in many cases leading to a Certificate in the subject.