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Research on Forest School  
 
Liz O'Brien (Forest Research) & Richard Murray (New Economics Foundation) - research into Forest School to see how it linked to the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto produced by the Government in 2006: Forest School: A Marvellous Opportunity to Learn [summary] [full report] 
 
Lorna Jenner (freelance Environmental Education Consultant) & Ffion Hughes (Education officer of the Forestry Commission Wales) - their study measured the beneficial effects of forest school with a group of children from Pentre School in N.Wales. - Forest School Research Ysgol Pentre 
 
Rowena Kenny - Bath Spa University - A critical review of research and literature exploring the relationship of the child with the natural world. - Link to her research paper 
 
Sam Massey - the difference between the Forest School approach and the traditional outdoor learning approach - The Benefits of a Forest School Experience for Children in their early years  
 
 
 
The areas of benefit identified by a number of studies reflect the outcomes which time and again are associated with Forest School:  
 
Increased self-esteem and self-confidence  
Improved social skills  
The development of language and communication skills  
Improved physical motor skills  
Improved motivation and concentration  
Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment  
 
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