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A TOP private school is developing a new qualificat­ion that would teach young people how to farm, forage and manage land sustainabl­y.

The course, which is called Living With The Land, is being developed by Bedales School in Hampshire, which already offer a number of special courses as alternativ­es to GCSEs, including Digital Game Design and Ancient Civilisati­ons.

Living With The Land would take two years to complete, and would see students learn traditiona­l building, cooking and craft skills, along with knowledge of ecology, sustainabi­lity and community.

While at first it would only be available at Bedales, eventually it’s hoped that the course could be taught at schools around the country.

The school’s head, Magnus Bashaarat, said: “We want to be able to say to other schools: ‘Here’s a course that’s to do with outdoors, experienti­al [from experience] learning and completely answers the need of the moment.’”

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