Learning with donkeys
National Schools Programme
Welcome to The Donkey Sanctuary National Schools Programme section of our website. As part of this programme we offer a range of educational services that provide inspiration and impact on thousands of young people every year.
We rely completely on donations and the fundraising efforts of our supporters.
Enjoy a great educational visit to our Sanctuary near Sidmouth, Devon. We are home to hundreds of rescued donkeys who can’t wait to meet you and your students. Educational activities for before, during and after your visit are in the downloadable visit guide available under the Resources to Download section on the right-hand side of this page.
With an offer designed to fit school groups of all shapes and sizes, The Donkey Sanctuary is the perfect educational choice! We provide unique learning sessions for all ages and abilities.
Assemblies and Talks
We deliver engaging and informative assemblies on the international role of The Donkey Sanctuary to secure a better future for the 50 million donkeys and mules worldwide. Perhaps you could take up our fundraising challenge to help our work.
Expressions of interest
Expressions of interest for the following area would be warmly received:
- Comparative Geography KS1 and KS2, with a UK to Ethiopia comparison. To be developed in conjunction with our Ethiopian Centre vets and UK staff.
A range of educational resources for schools have been developed, with a view to furthering one of our core aims in promoting understanding, care and welfare issues for animals by young people.
Learning with donkeys is fun
The resources have been developed with teacher and subject specialists to cover a range of aspects of the new 2014 Programme of Study and have been freely made available via the link on the right-hand side of this page and from the Times Educational Supplement (TES) website via The Donkey Sanctuary membership area.
Current resources include:
- Animals and their habitats scheme of learning and resources (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).
- Activity and puzzle book.
- Easter activities.
- The Donkey Sanctuary visit guide.
- Christmas activities.
We are always looking for partner schools who are interested in being involved in the development of future curriculum resources.
The Donkey Sanctuary has been nationally recognised by the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS). The accreditation is awarded to establishments where staff have met the criteria and operates in line with the CEVAS Code of Practice, which is a quality assurance standard.
National Schools Programme Co-Ordinator
The Donkey Sanctuary
+44 (0) 1395 573039
Open 365 days a year, 9am to dusk
Local buses: 899 Axe Valley Mini
Travel, X53, X54 Coastlinx 52a