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Full principles and criteria for good practice for Forest School

The growth in interest in Forest Schools has been phenomenal across the world. Mother Nature, it would appear is calling children back to here in their droves. And it’s not just Nature, educationalists and academics alike are discovering in our world of so-called connectedness we are not really connected until we rediscover our connection with nature. It is essential therefore that we adhere to the highest standards as set out by the FSA.

(Source: Forest School Association, UK)

  1. Forest School (FS) is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of FS.
  2. FS takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  4. FSoffers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  5. FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  6. FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning

You can read more information on these principles by clicking below. Forest Schools are set to become commonplace in Ireland over the coming years with training now available for forest school leaders and practitioners in Ireland. To find out about the next course follow the link below.

Nature School is delighted to be participating in the first training in Southern Ireland and in delivering Forest Schools in the West of Ireland in 2014. To find out more Contact Us

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