Core Creative Education CIC

Explore – Create – Learn – Grow

Who We Are

Core’s facilitators are qualified teachers, DBS-checked and insured, and trained educators, and have experience working in a range of mediums and groups to develop bespoke educational and artistic programmes.

Rachelle Green – Director 

I have developed the programme at Limemead Farm with Alasdair as a ‘Sanctuary for Young People’ to learn about our natural world.  Core’s programme is designed  to enable children and young people to explore, learn and grow and I have over 20 years experience working as an educational arts consultant with a particular focus on young peoples’ physical, social, mental, creative health and well-being.  I believe that every day should ‘surprise and delight’ and that if children are happy they are learning.  I believe in the importance of providing activities that inspire young people, to truly listen and to help children discover their passions and skills.  I manage and develop the programme at Core, occasionally deliver on some of the programmes and run the ASDAN accredited programme for young people.

Alasdair Green – Education Manager
I set up Core Creative Education, with my wife, Rachelle, as the cornerstone of our philosophy for educating children.  I am a qualified teacher and have a PGCE in primary education.  For 15 years have worked in both primary, secondary and special needs schools in London and Somerset.  In 2010, I became increasingly disillusioned with how the education system was disabling children’s creative learning, the increased lack of pastoral care and disliked the target driven agenda of schools being promoted to the detriment of a stimulating, holistic education.  As a primary school teacher, I often worked with children and especially boys who were disengaged at school and as a result I developed outdoor education opportunities whenever I could.  I set up Core with Rachelle in response to our disappointment in how mainstream education had failed our son. I then trained with Bernard Graves from Pyrites developing my skills in Creative Crafts and the developmental, educational and therapeutic benefits of Natural Crafts.   My current teaching at Core, is to impart my passion and knowledge about our natural world in a fun, creative and stimulating way that will help our children to learn more effectively and develop as individuals.  I work closely with parents and schools and have developed and lead the Mentoring Programme as well as many of the courses at the Farm.

Bonnie – Assistant Manager

I really enjoy bringing Maths and Science out of the classroom into the fresh air. It is my belief that children learn best when allowed to fully discuss, experience and explore their areas of interest, and Core’s culture of respect really allows them to thrive emotionally. Having worked with home educating children to tutoring GCSE Maths & Physics to now an experienced mentor to secondary age children and an assistant manager to the mentors here at Core Creative Education.

Kate – Assistant Manager

As a child, I would spend as much time as possible exploring the woods and meadows, building dens, painting myself with mud and sitting in imaginary worlds in the treetops. My relationship with outdoor learning formed whilst completing a degree in Performing Arts. It was through a series of theatrical pieces, devised in nature, that I began to acknowledge the inspiration and creativity that comes from immersion in the natural world. I have since worked with groups in various settings to find their own creativity and confidence by harnessing the power of nature through drama and storytelling in the outdoors. I have worked as a Forest School leader since 2014 and feel passionately that it is essential for our mental, physical and spiritual development, to spend quality time in nature. My intent is to invite young people to connect with nature in a playful way, enabling time and space to slow down and process emotions in our busy daily lives. During a typical Forest school session, I follow the rhythm of the child, offering opportunities for playfulness, storytelling, singing, natural arts and craft, cooking and tool use.  Activities and games are linked to the seasons and changing cycles of the year. I am always grateful for children’s boundless imagination and vision. Now enjoying sharing this experience with others as an assistant manager here at Core Creative Education.

Sara – Office Manager

I have a love of the outdoors and all things water. I have a degree in Environmental Science and worked for many years as an assessor to improve the environmental credentials of new housing in the UK. I am a swimming teacher, fitness instructor and paddle board instructor with a summer business at West Bay. The opportunity for working and helping young people in the unique way at Core Creative Education is a genuine pleasure.

Nancy –  Mentor & Forest School assistant
I have worked with Core for a number of years and specifically work on the Mentoring Programme working 1:1 with children with additional needs and also as an assistant on the Forest & Farm Club programme. I am also employed by Children’s services to work 1:1 with children in care, and to supervise some children when they have contact with their birth families.  I am currently undertaking additional training in psychotherapy. I have particular interest in client led therapy and education.

Peter – Mentor 

I studied Countryside & Wildlife Management at Kingston Maurward and have always had a passion for nature and the outdoors.  I have worked for the Activity Learning & Skills CIC as a project support worker for young people for 2 years before joining Core.  I am also part of the Scouting Movement, and a Expedition Leader, taken groups to Madagascar on International expedition. I am a mentor and also look after the land management her at Limemead Farm.

Louise – Mentor

I have been working outdoors as a Forest School Practitioner since 2013 after completing my training in Wiltshire, where I originate from and I have worked with a range of young people with different needs and abilities.  As a child, I was blessed to have a very large, overgrown garden to explore. This nourished my imagination and I believe contributed to my career path choice of becoming an outdoor educator. One of the key aspects of my practice is to keep a healthy connection to my inner child, as this often guides me when I need assistance. I approach things in a playful manner and am always guided by the interests and imagination of the children that I work with. I have a particular interest in all things creative and crafty, working with what nature and the seasons have to offer throughout the year. I feel honoured to be able to help facilitate positive connections with nature for others and give thanks for the learning and understanding that they give to me in turn.  I have been working with Core since Autumn 2018.

Theo – Mentor

Theo has always enjoyed the outdoors and is super creative. He trained as a cordon bleu chef in younger years, he is an award winning artist specialising in cold form metalwork and sculpture. He can create wonderful sculptures from metal. He loves the outdoor life and has a passion for horticulture, landscape design, woodland sculpture and knowledgeable in foraging.

Tom – Mentor

Tom travelled for more than 20 years with a horse drawn carriage and has trained  horses and donkeys. He is an expert in horse back archery and is an archery instructor. He has a passion for the outdoor life and for outdoor cooking. Tom has worked with young people in care for many years and has a wealth of experience for those young people with a variety of needs.

Cara  – Mentor

Cara started in outdoor education for PGL Adventure from school and university holidays in Shropshire. She has been on two environmental expeditions abroad and on return to the UK worked in the social care sector.

Whilst living on the Cranborne Chase she studied Landscape Conservation which led to a return to outdoor education at The Ancient Technology Centre for six years. A move to the Jurassic Coast led to work at Cowden Care Farms & Magdalen, freelancing in forest and beach schools, collaborating with the Jurassic Coast Trust. She has also worked with the Town Mill and Philpott Museum at Lyme Regis managing volunteers. I am a keen rower and row for the Lyme Regis gig club.

Emma – Mentor & Councillor

After teaching English and maths in Tanzania I went onto working with my love of the English language into publishing, both books and digital in London. I decided my passions were also for the natural ecosystems of permaculture and the need to reconnect with nature and countryside. Studied Permaculture and sustainability with a wealth of knowledge all things grown. Also studied for years as a councillor, specialising in young people. Working at Core has enabled me to join my skills of the outdoors and understanding children’s complex needs into being a mentor.

Georgie – Mentor

A passionate lover of all things outdoors and natural, Georgie travelled South America working on farms learning to an brilliant cooking skills. Also very creative and naturally bubbly person, loves to walk. Working then in a forest school meant the natural pathway to working as a mentor at Core using both the love of the outdoors and able to share her variety of skills sharing with young people.

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