Award ceremony Aberdeen

Grow & Learn Awards – an overview

Grow and Learn

Grow and Learn is a horticultural award scheme that recognises individual progress and achievement through experiential learning and personal development.  The award offers the learner a structured framework to work within, but is also flexible enough to ensure a person centred approach at all times, making the award ideally suited for those with a learning disability or complex learning need.

 

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Watch our film

Grow and Learn Awards Video

Grow and Learn Awards Video

Roots

Grow and Learn Roots is the starting point of the learning and introduces the learner to core horticultural tasks.  Learners can then choose which additional horticultural related activities they wish to undertake as well as setting themselves personal goals too.

In order to achieve the Award, learners must undertake a minimum of:

  • 7 core activities
  • 13 additional activities
  • 3 personal goals
  • 80hrs of practical gardening activity
  • A personal portfolio that evidences achievement and progress made

Learners are then awarded a CALEY Grow and Learn Roots certificate at the end of the learning.

“I enjoyed growing and eating what I have grown myself”  (Lynnebank)

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Nurture

After learners have completed Grow and Learn Roots, they can if they wish, progress to Grow and Learn Nurture.  This allows the learner to develop their skills further and build upon knowledge gained from Grow and Learn Roots.

In order to achieve the Award, learners must undertake a minimum of:

  • 7 core activities
  • 6 additional project, group or individual activities
  • 3 personal goals
  • 80hrs of practical gardening activity
  • A personal portfolio that evidences achievement and progress made

Learners are then awarded a CALEY Grow and Learn Nurture certificate at the end of the learning to celebrate their success.

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Resources

Both awards are available from the CALEY website for a registration fee.  This includes:

Tutors Info Zone

Here you will find some examples and handy tips and ideas of how and what to record to get you started

7 core activities for both Roots and Nurture

Here you will find activity guidelines and flashcards to reinforce the learning for each gardening activity

13 additional activities Roots

Here you will find an extensive list of various ideas and suggestions to inspire the learner

6 additional activities Nurture

Here you will find some ideas and suggestions on seasonal project, group or individual activities

Personal portfolio template

Here you will find a portfolio template to download and record electronically if you wish

Please remember the resources are there for you to use or adapt as necessary to your specific project or individual learner’s needs.  We simply ask that you record evidence of all the key outcomes of each award.

“I really liked building up my own portfolio.  I have learned a lot and can always look back and remember what I’ve done.”  Jason (Ormiston Grows)

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Registration and Support

If you are keen to find out more or want to register learners please contact the Grow and Learn co-ordinator at:

Email growlearn@rchs.co.uk

Tel 07805 944925

As part of your registration, the CALEY will assign you an Award verifier who will also be able to support your project at various stages throughout the award, making sure you are on track before final verification and certification of the award.

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Celebrating Success – Follow the links below to view our Award Ceremony and Garden Party on 19th June 2015.

The Awards Ceremony & Garden Party

HRH The Princess Royal

Presentation by Millie