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What is Forest School?

Forest school is an outdoor education delivery model in which students visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as "an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment".

Forest school uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and young adults. The personal skills they will learn are considered highly valuable, such as teamwork and problem solving. The woodland environment may be used to learn about other areas as well including mathematics and communication.

The combination of freedom and responsibility has been particularly beneficial to children who suffer from lack of confidence or whose behaviour is challenging. Children have the freedom to explore the area within the forest, this helps the child to learn to manage their own safety and move around comfortably, encouraging children to grow in confidence and independence and extend their abilities.