in mid 2014 christine began he forest school leader training made possible by the financial support of the derbyshire community foundation and we thank them for their support very much 🙂 thank you. xx we heard in november 2015 that she had qualified as a level 3 forest school leader.
andrew’s level 3 training journey began in june 2015. his training has been funded by the public health resource sourced by the derbyshire county council environmental studies service.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
‘Forest School is a feeling you can’t put into words.’ Tonicha, aged 9
The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.
‘I don’t have ADHD when I`m out in the woods.’ David, aged 14
Principles of Forest School
These principles were first articulated by the Forest School Community in 2002. They were reviewed in 2011 and sent out for a 5-month consultation to Forest School networks and practitioners in all UK nations. They were published on the Institute for Outdoor Learning Forest School SIG page in Feb 2012, and in the minutes of the GB trainers’ network.
source : the forest school association
christine has set up and runs the woodland wild play after school club. currently this takes place for two sessions a week. woodland wild play blog
andrew while training has been gaining experience at the woodland wild play club and at a school in ashbourne.
he’s been keeping a blog alongside his reflective journal string sticks blog
andrew has also made available via this download link the sheet that is used at the after school club to record the findings of the dynamic risk assessment before the session and activities that happen during the session. it’s made available under a Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence. The link has been shared with the Facebook group Level 3 Forest School Portfolio Building and Essay Writing Support Group