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School Links Programme

School Links is Roots and Shoots' alternative provision programme, providing practical learning and access to nature opportunities for students at local schools in our UNESCO award-winning green spaces and outdoor classrooms. The programme focuses on supporting students with EHCPs and those who find traditional classrooms or mainstream education challenging to navigate.

Accessible to secondary schools in London, each programme is tailored to the needs of individual schools and their students, with emphasis on community, teamwork and environmental education.

“Roots and Shoots are a valuable partner for us. The tutors are excellent and help our students develop their horticultural and teamwork skills.

We send three groups each week and see our link with Roots and Shoots as an important aspect of preparation for adulthood.”

Jon Juckes, Head of School, Lansdowne
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School learners partaking in a range of environmental education activities, including horticulture and pond dipping
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Led by our experienced tutors, each week over 60 school learners from several local schools take part in a broad range of learning sessions covering Science, Life Skills, Horticulture and the Environment or accredited Employability Skills training on our site and other local spaces.

We aim to help school learners gain confidence with a holistic approach, combining accredited courses with practical activities to inspire and educate. At our unique, nature-rich site, learners also get the opportunity to experience the wonder of nature in a familiar urban environment, learning in the Wild Garden and directly supporting wildlife with our environmental projects like Urban Growing and the Pollinator Project.

We are currently open to work with more schools and colleges, see the Q&A below to find out more about the programme. If your organisation is interested in participating in our School Links Programme, please contact us by email at placements@rootsandshoots.org.uk or by phone on 0207 587 1131 to discuss your school's needs.

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School learners showing off their artwork
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School learners making Halloween pumpkins and cooking
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