How Alternative Education Can Boost a Child’s Confidence

Alternative schools offer an unconventional approach to education. They often take a less formal stance to education when compared to traditional public schools, understanding that in many cases one-size does not fit all. In alternative education, class size tends to be relatively small with a generous pupil: teacher ratios. They often embody a less structured curriculum, which can be tailored to the pupil’s individual needs. This type of alternative education can boost a young person’s confidence in many ways:

Encourage Talent

With alternative education, a child’s own natural talent is encouraged. By supporting children in activities that they are naturally gifted at, or simply enjoy, it boosts their confidence seeing themselves progress and develop. Knowing that they are good at something, helps to give them purpose, which in turn can help young people cope better with other elements of their life and education too.

Model Behaviour

Through more personal forms of education such as home-schooling, or other alternative methods, young people are able to build closer relationships with their teachers, who can act as role models where they may not currently be one in their lives.

This more focused attention can help to guide the young person and show them the “model” way to act and behave, even in difficult situations. Within this modelling, acceptance is key. Alternative education supplies teachers with the tools to show children acceptance of mistakes is a natural part of life and will ultimately help them to grow. This is vital in boosting the confidence of young people.

Focus on Problem Areas

If a child struggles with a certain aspect of their education such as reading, alternative education offers a platform for increased support. With less students in alternative education when compared to the average school, teachers can focus upon their students more intensely. This allows them to improve at an accelerated pace, which will increase the child’s confidence as they learn skills quickly and efficiently.

A Wilderness Way

For children who have access to mainstream and independent school providers, we will support them to keep attending their normal means of education. However, we will also provide home-school opportunities and alternative education for young people who are struggling to access more formal education.

We can provide alternative education for those aged 8 – 18, and this includes intake from across England and Scotland. The children that arrive to A Wilderness Way for education come from various backgrounds and have a variety of needs, both educationally and from a care perspective.

Our home-schooling technique works alongside our Wilderness Experiences to provide access to child-centred outdoor educational processes as well as the usual curriculum. Most of the young people we work with have been out of education for a long time, so we aim to engage young people during their stay to develop their self-esteem and confidence. We look beyond standard approaches to education and believe the same standard of education can be achieved with activities such as team building and individual support. If you have any questions relating to our alternative education system, please contact us at


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