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Bath charity Jamie’s Farm to feature in BBC3 show Tough Young Teachers

Posted: January 28, 2014

A Bath charity which gives inner-city schoolchildren a taste of the countryside will be featured in a BBC3 documentary series airing this week.

Jamie’s Farm, which is based near Box, had a visit from a group of youngsters from a failing school in Croydon as part of the programme Tough Young Teachers.

The fly-on-the-wall show is following a group of trainee teachers who are part of the Teach First scheme.

This Thursday’s episode sees Charles Wallendahl take his class to Jamie’s Farm to take part in a range of activities, including delivering lambs, planting seeds, horse whispering and cooking up all their own food.

Jamie Feilden, who launched the farm charity in 2009 after being inspired by his own experience training with Teach First, said he hoped the trip would make a big difference to the children who visited.

He said: “By providing the pupils with real challenge and getting each individual to strive outside of their comfort zone, we are proud that Jamie’s Farm helped Charles’s pupils to feel proud of their achievements, giving them a renewed sense of their own abilities.

“By ensuring that these challenging activities are undertaken alongside group and individual therapy sessions, pupils are able to honestly appraise the difficulties they face, and come up with commitments for how they will tackle these difficulties on their return to school.

“Our staff then go into the school after the pupils have returned and ensure that the commitments students have made are being acted upon.”

Trainee teacher Mr Wallendahl said he was really pleased with how his pupils had responded to the experiences at Jamie’s Farm.

He said: “The week spent on Jamie’s Farm was of huge benefit to all the pupils involved – regardless of the background or character.

“It was a completely new, exciting and unique opportunity for the students who rarely leave urban Croydon.”

He added that the trip was so successful that the school had organised another visit to the farm.

Thursday’s episode of Tough Young Teachers is on BBC3 at 9pm.

To watch a clip of the episode go to

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