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Forest School Training

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New leaders for Forest Schools 

Eight trainees from Corby and around are learning to become Forest School leaders, funded through the Building the Links for Rockingham Forest Project. On this page we explain a bit about Forest School, and describe some of the experiences of the new leaders as they go through the 180 hours of their training.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a type of outdoor education that aims to develop young people's confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural setting, usually woodlands. 

It is a long-term learning process run by qualified Forest School practitioners and is set apart from other types of outdoor education by its adherence to six principles and its core beliefs about the learning experience. If you wish to know more there is a 5-minute YouTube video available here which provides a quick summary of Forest School.

 

Typically in our area Forest School....

The Forest School Association is the professional body supporting Forest School in the UK, and it is this body that, among other things, regulates training and qualifications for potential Forest School Leaders.

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About training

There are various levels of training for those  interested in becoming a Forest School Leader or Assistant. As you would expect the training is very thorough and the course to obtain a level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders lasts 180 hours and typically extends over many months.

Eight local trainees have been attending one such training course led by XXXXXX.  The courses was based at XXXXX and extended from XXXXX to XXXXX. One of the trainees, Sami Scott, has written about the training and how it has transformed her thinking - you can read about it here.  (INSERT LINK TO BLOG)

What the trainees say

I have been using our training twice a week with children in reception/year 1 and  also with year 3/4/5 & 6, - very different age ranges and needs/capabilities. 

We have covered a lot of activities.I have made tree faces, Hapa Zome, a bow saw to make tree cookies, bug hunting, den building, flower planting, stories, marshmallows on the fire and so much more!

Leanne Cloono

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The training is going really well, there’s a lot more content than I first thought but I have enjoyed learning how to care better for our forest through selective species planting, woodland management techniques, ecological assessments and plant/animal identification.

Leanne Cloono

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Having just completed the 4 assessment days, I feel so enthused and am looking forward to this week's session. One of the most important things I've learned from applying the training to my forest school sessions is that sometimes the best thing we can do as practitioners is to step back and observe. This is sometimes quite difficult to do, as we are naturally hands on people - but it allows us to check in on what's working and what isn't, as well as feeding curiosities and blooming interests.

Contact details

If you live locally and are interested in knowing more about Forest School, either as a parent or perhaps in helping out, please contact Sophie van den Bergh.   sophie@neneriverstrust.org

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