A NOT-for-profit scheme aimed at giving schoolchildren more practical skills has been launched on a village farm.
Green Acres Farm in Staverton has become part of the Rural Enterprises programme which offers informal education to youngsters and their families.
One of the ideas is that pupils who are struggling academically develop new skills and talents.
Centre manager Heather Wilson said: “It’s all about teaching young people skills which they can use in the real world.
“Rather than these pupils being in a classroom all the time being told to write essays we have them learning a variety of skills.
“They will be learning to grow their own food before cooking it and then selling it. We also have a lot more to offer here, families can come along and do things together and we will also be having holiday clubs.
“The scheme is open to all primary schools in the Daventry area.”
Danetre School pupil Dominic Grant, 16, is one of those taking part in the scheme.
He said: “I’ve been doing gardening and helping out with other bits. It’s better than being in school all the time and good to be learning new things.”