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‘Farm school’ works wonders in field of childhood trauma

Pig at Chimneys

Green Chimneys school and farm helps children who have been unsuccessful in traditional education environments and who require a small, structured and supportive setting. It is based in upstate New York, and last month I went to visit.

There’s nowhere else in the world that brings animals and outdoor play into the curriculum the way Green Chimneys does. As the headteacher of an education centre planning to open its own residential accommodation for young children who have been affected by adversity in their early years, I wanted to learn from those who are experts in the field – literally. ...

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