We know cost can be a barrier for schools accessing our provision. We heavily subsidise all of our programmes, with the support of our funders, so schools only pay a contribution to the overall cost.
Many of our regular partners use their school inclusion budget to fund their visits. The cost of excluding one child is very high, often more than the cost of an entire trip to Jamie’s Farm. We know that, of those at risk of being excluded before a visit to the farm, about 75% of them are no longer in that category 6 months later. So, for the cost of one exclusion, you can send 12 pupils to the farm and we hope that the majority of them will no longer be at risk of being excluded after the visit. Schools tend to build this into their budgets, and their cost of exclusions goes down as a result.
Many schools use their pupil premium budgets to pay for trips, a Jamie’s Farm is an evidence based intervention with tangible outcomes and provides excellent additional opportunities for pupils who are eligible for pupil premium.
We are pleased to welcome a lot of children looked after to our farms. Schools, local authorities and virtual schools often use budgets associated with children who are looked after to fund visits, as we know our intervention can be particularly powerful for these young people.
Local charities can be a good source of funding, as they often want to fund interventions for vulnerable children directly in their local area. A trip to the farm is a really tangible thing, with tangible outcomes, that can be very attractive to local funders. Likewise, sometimes local businesses may be willing to sponsor a trip. PTAs and other bodies linked to the school can be good options for fundraising.