What is Forest School?
Forest School is a long-term approach to education, for children, young people, families and adults, that maximises the benefits of learning in the outdoors.
Whilst its roots are planted firmly in our best understanding of the theory of how children learn, its practice puts the learner at the heart of their learning experience.
From this fundamental platform, Forest School offers children and young people the opportunity, over repeated visits, to engage with the rich natural diversity of the woodland environment to help build confidence, sensitivity, resilience and curiosity.
Forest School is
It is a learning process
It is long-term
It has high staffing ratios working with small groups of children/young people/families
It takes place in the outdoors, particularly wooded environments
It is lead by a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader, who works together with at least one other competent adult
It takes place on a weekly basis with the same learners attending the whole process
It involves an understanding of how children learn and supports them to build confidence, resilience, independence and creativity