CEP’s Under The Canopy (UTC) program offers students with mixed abilities the opportunity to develop social skills and learn transferable soft skills and life skills which can be taken back inside and applied to regular curriculum study.


With individual and group tasks set, the student experiences a sense of achievement and improved confidence through a series of successes resulting in tangible rewards, inspiring further inquiry and aspiration.

CEP has recently become a registered ASDAN centre which will enable us to offer a suite of qualifications, challenges and workshops to enhance the work delivered within the classroom.


Working in partnership to support your internal delivery, UTC Tutors will set practical tasks in advance, outlining expected outcomes. Progress is documented and targets are set by each student to achieve during regular lessons. Positive student activity is recorded by staff and returned to the UTC Tutors for inclusion in the students final portfolio of achievement.


Life skill challenges are focused on horticulture, gardening and nature. A blended learning approach is applied to enable the development of practical and personal skills through elements such as planning and design, application of fundamental skills, teamwork, self-reliance and resilience, problem solving and leadership, personal reflection on skills and progress made.

UTC in your school

Introducing a fresh approach to outdoor learning and achievement internal to your school.

The benefits of taking students out of the classroom and into the natural environment are well researched and documented and the UK Government has repeated its recommendation for schools to make us of available outdoor space to reduce the risk during the pandemic.


England’s largest outdoor learning project reveals children more motivated to learn when outside - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The UTC program requires the use of an outdoor space within your school grounds. The UTC program is specifically designed to ensure that schools can enter at a phase which suits their needs. Some schools may wish to develop their existing green spaces, whereas other schools may need support in creating an outdoor learning space.


Our specialist staff will renovate the schools own garden if required or build an entirely new garden/ teaching area prior to starting. Involving students in this process will encourage ‘buy-in’ amongst students and covers a number of awardable criteria. This will be a permanent asset benefiting the whole school and facilitating future work on Government recommendations within regards to outdoor learning.



How to get involved:


Phases are delivered over a school term with UTC Tutors visiting your school for one day each week with sessions lasting approximately three hours. There is an additional benefit of an invitation for your school to visit CEP Holly Hayes in Whitwick to enhance the learning experience with adventure and exploration of our Ancient Woodland where further ASDAN awards, exploration of applied scientific principles and group activities are on offer.



Phase 1 – Planning, designing and building an outdoor space for learning activities.


Phase 2 – Building on an existing footprint to develop and outdoor learning space.


Phase 3 – Establish a garden for horticultural and conservation learning activities.


Phase 4 –Support the existing green spaces within the school and develop horticultural and conservation learning activities.

Stage 1 - An initial meeting with your schools designated contact and a member of SLT to discuss the requirements for the outside space to be used. At this stage, school will decide which phase they are in and agree, in principle each phase of the project.


Stage 2 - A meeting with students to discuss the design of the new or restored garden/ teaching area. This can involve the whole school and integrate Geography, Science, Functional Skills and Art.


Stage 3 - Work will begin with small groups to develop and use the site. This will be based on which phase the school begins with. Some schools will be starting from scratch with nothing whilst other schools will be looking at developing existing gardens and habitats.


Stage 4 - Courses will continue with new cohorts of students or individuals starting at various points to work through challenges and towards certification.


  • Materials for building and the renovation of the garden and/ or the outdoor teaching space are charged at cost plus transportation.


  • Special design and construction requirements such as semi-permanent, covered seating areas of pergolas are quoted separately.