Forest Schools

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Forest Schools aims to build on pupil’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning.

The Forest School learning environment provides opportunities for children to develop self-esteem, self- confidence, to form positive relationships with others, to develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others, to learn to cooperate and work with their peers and adults and develop strategies in order to take risks within the boundaries of safety. The setting allows the children to engage with the natural environment. Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the four seasons and environment changes. The children’s interest along with the varied natural resources in our woodland are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play. Most of the activities are child-led but of course some activities are planned by the forest leader. Sessions cater for a variety of learning styles and give pupils the chance to develop a range of skills. Tees Valley Wildlife Trust can offer a range of sessions for you school ranging from taster activities to full forest schools programmes – please contact for more information.


The Trust is working with North Yorkshire Forest School Training to deliver courses based at Woodhill Meadows – Margrove Heritage Centre. North Yorkshire Forest School Training is an approved training provider of NOCN Forest School courses, established for seven years delivering Forest School training courses in Yorkshire and the North East.

The next Forest School Level 3 course starts 5 October 2017.

The Forest School Level 3 qualification is appropriate for teaching staff interested in the Forest School learning approach. The focus of this course is to plan and lead groups in Forest School and to qualify as a Forest School Leader.

NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Qualification No: 600/8874/6

Contact Hazel Canning  – for more information.


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