‘Forest schools’ originates from Scandinavia as an approach to early year’s education. Following the positive impact identified on self-esteem, confidence and the ability to work in groups, the concept has been developed worldwide as a tool for working with people of all ages and abilities.
The philosophy of ‘Forest Schools’ is to engage participants through positive experiences and achievable tasks to develop personal, social and emotional development.
‘Forest Schools’ activities have proved to be particularly effective at working with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Learning outcomes from these activities include:
Our Forest School is on-site provision for Year 7 and Year 8 students. In Forest School students develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. Students take part in activities such as:
During the Forest School, students work on their Thrive targets and towards their Passport to Success skills and attributes. Students are supported to address their underlying emotional, social and behavioural issues with the eventual aim of returning all students to mainstream lessons full-time.