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Forest School

What is Forest School?”   Forest School is an innovative and inspiring approach to learning and development which offers people of all ages opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences during regular visits to a local woodland site.

Forest School provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to grow in confidence, self-esteem and independence in special woodland settings, where they are supported in their development by qualified FS Practitioners.

What makes forest school distinct from other education approaches is its focus on repeat visits to the same woodland site, and focus on small achievable tasks to ensure that the experience is enabling. Sessions are flexible and user-led, and with a high leader-to-participant ratio individual learning styles can be fully supported. Participants build up relationships with staff and with peers, exploration and play are encouraged, and teamwork and co-operation are nurtured.

Participants develop and nurture respect and responsibility for themselves, other people and the environment in a truly empowering experience, which is also exciting, healthy and fun!

“Forest School is like the place I see from the car windows”

Primary pupil, Rhyl, North Wales

“Forest Schools reach to the heart of what the Welsh Assembly is trying to achieve for children and young people in Wales”

Alan Landsdowne, Welsh Assembly Government, June 2005
Chair of the WAG Early Year’s Advisory Panel, Chair of Welsh Advisory Group on SEN, Chair of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Panel, Member of UK UNESCO Education Committee

Further Pages

What Happens in a Forest School Session?
Benefits of Forest School
Forest School : Ethos & History
Early Years and Primary at Forest School
Secondary Provision at Forest School
Special Needs at Forest School
Challenging Behaviour at Forest School
Community Groups at Forest School