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 What's Forest School? 

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Forest School is defined by the Forest School Association as:


‘An inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on experiences in a woodland or other natural environment.’




  1. Forest School (FS) is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  2. FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  3. FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  4. FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  5. FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  6. FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. See the full principles and criteria for good practice.


By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland or other natural environment each child/learner has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, balanced emotional and social skills, which in time will show many benefits to the wider environment.

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