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WHY IS UFTON ADVENTURE SO IMPORTANT?
OUR MISSION: TO BE THE LEADING PROVIDER OF OUTDOOR
EDUCATION AIMED AT RAISING ASPIRATION AND ATTAINMENT OF
DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN THROUGH UNLOCKING AMBITION.
RAISING ASPIRATION
No child is born to fail, but many believe that
they are. All children need to grow up in an
environment which builds self-belief. They need
to be encouraged to aspire and be given access to
learning opportunities which offer achievement
and attainment at all stages of development.
Ufton builds a sense of belief in self and a wider
world which offer options and choice, improves
academic outcomes, behaviour and attendance.
RAISING ATTAINMENT
Children need to be given opportunities to build
character, resilience, drive and tenacity. The gap in
literacy and numeracy between students receiving
Pupil Premium and free school meals and their
peers is significant, even at primary school. By the
end of secondary school, the most disadvantaged
students are on average two years of learning
behind their better supported classmates.
UNLOCKING AMBITION
With the right level of support they can achieve
more academically and personally and have
broadened options.
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aspiration
UA mission
Unlock
ambition
Raise
attainment
OUR PURPOSE: TO ENRICH CHILDREN’S LIVES THROUGH
INSPIRATIONAL AND CHALLENGING EDUCATION IN THE OUTDOORS
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES AND HOW ARE WE
TACKLING THEM?
1. ATTENDANCE
2. ATTITUDES TO LEARNING
Students cannot learn if they are not at school and
low attendance is a major barrier to achievement.
Our analysis show that our disadvantaged
students are less likely to have good attendance
and they are more likely to have time away from
school.
Disadvantaged children are more likely to
become passive or reluctant learners. Analysis of
learning walks, student response to feedback and
observations show that disadvantaged students
are less likely to take risks with their learning
and less likely to be resilient when responding
to improvement targets. Students in receipt
of disadvantaged funding are more likely to
engage in off-task behaviours in lessons. They
are also less likely to participate in trips, visits or
other enrichment activities. This becomes more
pronounced as students get older.
Statistics from school shows that children’s
attendance improves significantly after Ufton
programmes. There are several reasons for this
success. One of the biggest causes of absenteeism
in schools is friendship issues. We work with
children to understand the dynamics of friendship
and learn how to deal with disagreements and
create better relationships. Many children do not
attend school because they cannot see any benefit
from learning. We work with children to re-engage
them with school and through our Personal Action
Plans help create a pathway back to learning.
“Academically disengaged young people need to
be shown that there is a point to education and
that there are skills they need to develop in order
to thrive. This is what Ufton Adventure does.”
– PROFESSOR FULLER, READING UNIVERSITY.
“I have learnt to express my ideas, I can be much more confident and be a bit
more patient” – KIMBERLY AGED 10
Following Ufton programmes, children are happier to engage with learning and their attitudes to school
change. We work with children on listening skills and on taking turns to speak. We use all our sessions as
an opportunity to build a wider vocabulary.
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