Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment.  It involves planning, adaptation, observation and reviewing.

  • At least every other week

  • Encompassing the seasons

  • Establish physical and behavioral boundaries at start


Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment in order to support the development of the relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  •    Space is ideal but not critical

  •    Environment is critical

  •    Monitor the ecological impact and inform

  •    Regular, personal experiences with nature

  •    Long term, environmentally sustainable attitudes


Forest School strives to promote the holistic development of all those involved fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  •    Aim to link experiences to home, work, school

  •    Aim to develop the physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the learner


Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks

appropriate to the environment and themselves.

  •    Builds on an individual’s innate motivation, positive attitudes and interests

  •    Tools and fire are only used when appropriate to learners


Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continually maintain and develop their professional practice. Leader must have an accredited Level 3 training.

  • High ratio of adults to learners

  • Practitioners must hold a current First Aid Qualification

  • Backed by relevant documents containing policies, procedures for running school and establishing roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers

  • Leader is a reflective practitioner seeing themselves as a learner, too

  • Forest School uses a range of learner centered processes to create a community for development and learning.

  • Responsive to needs of learners


Play and choice are integral parts of Forest School, play being vital to learning. Forest School is a stimulus for all learning preferences. Reflective practice is a feature of each session to understand achievements, develop emotional intelligence and plan for the future.