Introduction to Special Needs at Forest School

Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 @ 8:15 am – 2:45 pm
Coed Gwern
Gwynedd SY20
£15 for members of FSW £30 for non-members
Barbara Haddrill
0845 456 0342


There is one place left on this course (as of 13th September 2013) please contact us soon if you want to attend.

Course content:

* Overview of different types of special needs including Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties (MLD & SLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD); the H&S framework for these groups

* Learning framework, Baseline assessments, Individual Learning plans; daily routines
* Selling Forest School to the school, getting staff and parents on board, managing large teams of staff in the woods, planning and feedback

* Working with Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities ~ wheelchairs, hoists, multisensory impairment, inclusive activities.

* Autistic spectrum ~ differentiated activities for very diverse abilities.
* Moderate learning Difficulties ~ links to school targets, John Muir award,

Forest School Leaders with little or no experience of working with special needs will gain a basic overview the different types of special needs, and how to adapt Forest School daily procedures and activities for these pupils. They should feel empowered to sell FS to special schools in their area.

Special Needs teachers and assistants will gain an understanding of how Forest School will help to deliver learning targets and benefits to all students including those with the most challenging disabilities.

Course tutors:

Sarah Wilson, who is a trained ecologist and has worked as a self-employed Forest School Leader for seven years including around 90 sessions with Autistic Spectrum students and more than 160 sessions with pupils with Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties. Her experience includes setting up a Forest School within a range of woodlands and school grounds, and supporting school staff to train and establish Forest School in school.

Louise Gladwyn Boulton is a qualified Special Needs teacher at Ty Gwyn special school, Cardiff and has been delivering Forest School to her PMLD pupils for nearly 10 years.  She is passionate about inclusion ~ adapting the session to fit the pupils. She is currently doing an MA in visual impairment. Ty Gwyn Special School is very keen and supportive for her to deliver this training.

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate to add to your portfolio.

To book your pace, please download the Booking-form and post to our office in Machynlleth.

If you require accommodation, please contact us for more details.