I am training for level 3 and setting up a forest school for young people with severe learning disability and autism. I'm finding it hard to find any relevant research for this group and I wonder if anyone here can help. I've been looking at sensory and other activities and adapting them for my learners but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've applied to join Forest School Wales and hope that this will help me but it'll take a week to go through!
This is the 2 day (16 hour) course for forest schools practitioners at all levels, covering emergency procedure, CPR, Bleeds, breaks, strains and sprains, minor injuries and medical / environmental conditions, all taught in a hands on practical style out in the woods. Expect some fun, maintained interest, role play and practical experience in the woods - in fact everything you joined up to forest schools teaching for, but with a First Aid certificate attached!
exact times tbc nearer the event, typically 0830 - 1730 on each day
Forest School Wales shared Northern Lights Training's post.
Thanks to Greg and Ysgol Goedwig Nant y Glyn Forest School for hosting a fantastic day with the Forest School Wales Moot on Saturday. Great company, a very informal and social occasion where we all got to learn and share skills with each other. Who would like to host the next one?
If you're looking for a chance to be involved with Actif Woods Wales in Gwynedd in a paid role here's your chance! We're recruiting for a Woodland mentor - be quick as the deadline is the 30th June! All info and application forms available here: https://www.coedlleol.org.uk/about-us/jobs
This Saturday 2nd July - FSW Moot at Ysgol Goedwig Nant y Glyn Forest School. Enjoy being in the woods with other Forest school practitioners and share your ideas and thoughts to help your own and others practice. Open to all and last minute people welcome! - Details and booking here http://bit.ly/28YHe78
- Skill-share and moot round a campfire at Wild Spirit Bushcraft near Bridgend. - Open to members (£5) and non-members (£10) - Suitable for all Forest school leaders, trainees and anyone interested in FS and outdoor learning See link above or contact email@example.com to book your place. Travel directions and full details sent on booking (joining the facebook event is great but is not booking - you'll need to contact us for that :-) Thanks and see you in the woods!
April – new shoots and new growth in the woods – a great time of year to look for and share some new ideas while meeting up with other Forest School practitioners round a fire to share skills and / or thoughts. So Forest School Wales is organising a Moot, hosted by members at Wild Spi
I wanted to pick everyone’s brains! I was at a primary school Governors meeting recently (to remain anonymous, but unfortunately I have come across this view elsewhere too so it isn’t just a one off!). We were discussing a short fall in staff next term due to someone leaving. We have decided to fill the “hole” with a supply teacher instead of recruiting someone to save money, - as with all schools in the area the budget is so tight that we save every penny we can.
I suggested that we could employ a freelance Forest school (type) person to come in for the 2 days and do 4 x ½ day outdoor ed/forest school sessions with 4 classes on a regular basis. Possibly in my naivety I thought that the Forest School person could just be paid a set amount and then take the children for Forest School session within the school premises.
Just to make clear for once I wasn’t touting for business- I’ve got enough on!. - My view was that it was a fantastic opportunity for the school, with the added bonus of possibly saving money. There is absolutely no chance that the school has any spare £ to pay an additional FS person so suggested it when I had the chance.
The response from the school staff governors was something along the lines of… You would need a teacher to accompany them What about the insurance Concerns that forest school has a place as a one off jolly but what about the curriculum, this has to be covered first.
My view is that the freelance person would have their own insurance, as we all know Forest school/outdoor education can cover the curriculum and if that person were to work closely with the staff it could work.
I wondered if you could let me know 1. Have you ever been involved in something like this? 2. Has anyone ever gone into schools as a freelance person on a stand-alone basis without the teachers accompanying you? 3. Would the person have to have a Teacher/TA qualification to do this? 4. Any other thought/evidence etc. welcomed!
Thanks to everyone who's answered the survey on the new CSSIW regulations - it's not too late to have your say on what you know about this and how it might affect Forest School: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTG7SP6
We've been having some enquiries about First aid courses for Forest school practitioners. There's a few providers out there, but here is one coming up soon in North Wales - 25 & 26 April (Mon & Tues) Both days must be attended and both courses wil be held at the Plas Derw Trust, Northop, North Wales You can book on here: https://v1.bookwhen.com/dty6t #firstaid course dates for #forestschools practitioners
Notification of the next Forest School Wales event has just gone out to members - if you're a member then check your email for details! It will be Sunday 10th April - details to follow publically soon.
One of our trustees, Tom Cockbill, along with some other members of FSW, have been looking at how the changes to the CSSIW regulations will affect Forest School Practitioners who are offering playscheme provision to children under the age of 12 years old (as the age the regulations apply to is going up from 8 to 12). For Tom’s summary of how the changes might affect Forest School provision, and what needs to happen next see our website (it's on a members only page so just login to view it) see bit.ly/1SNbtj1 Please do give your feedback on the new regulations (anyone can do this survey), how these changes might affect you and how Forest School Wales can best support you with this by taking a couple of minutes to answer our questions (just 5 really short ones!) which you can access here - thanks for your input! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTG7SP6
I'm looking to replace our schools waterproofs for nursery to year 2 children as ours were recently destroyed in a school fire. It's been a few years since I last ordered a bulk load of wet weather gear so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a stockist who could supply us with a load of good quality waterproofs. I'd rather go with a supplier that's been recommended by people who use them regularly out in the forest...
Forest School Wales shared Ysgol Goedwig Nant y Glyn Forest School's album.
Some more photos from Greg Ysgol Goedwig Nant y Glyn Forest School showing the spiders web activity Greg shared. He has sent in the info sheet on how to do this, which has just been added to the members resources page on the website, so check it out if you fancy having a go at this yourself! http://www.forestschoolwales.org.uk/other-resources/members-resources