Forest School training

Oxfordshire Forest School Service provides quality Forest School training in the beautiful, wooded surroundings of Hill End. Our experienced and friendly trainers run rigorous, nationally recognised courses equipping practitioners to motivate and inspire their learners in challenging outdoor play environments.

Our modular training courses are nationally recognised and accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands Region (OCNWMR)

These qualifications have been developed by experienced Forest School practitioners and trainers through the National Forest School Training Network in partnership with OCNWMR.

All trainers are members of the Forest School Association and National Forest School Training Network. Oxfordshire Forest School Service is a member of the Open College Network West Midlands Region.

Oxfordshire Forest School Training Schedule 2017 – 2018

Forest School training is offered throughout the year at Hill End. View the latest training dates here and please make applications for courses direct to us at the Hill End Centre or for more information regarding any of the courses. We are now taking bookings for couse starting September 2017.

We also run regular Outdoor First Aid courses that meet the requirements for Forest School Practitioners.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspiring approach to Early Years learning outside the classroom which many schools and early years’ settings have embraced. Rather than being activity based, sessions are instead led by the interests of the learners themselves.

It’s a technique that stimulates independent thinking and ensures that no two Forest School sessions are ever the same. Children, young people and families may enjoy such experiences such as, building dens, exploring the environment, cooking over small fires and hunting for minibeasts.

Building on the natural instinct to learn, Forest School offers opportunities to make choices, initiate learning, understand and manage risks, and encourages positive attitudes and behaviour.

The concept was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland or natural environment.

Development and learning

Forest School sessions are practical and primarily child led. The emphasis is on the development of self-esteem, communication and social skills, personal responsibility and citizenship. These skills feedback positively into other areas of work in schools and settings. When embedded in the setting’s curriculum Forest School enriches and links to all areas of development and learning.

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