Bushcraft / Forest School

Experience Forest School / Learn Bushcraft skills

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Bushcraft Training

Consilium periodically runs training’s for youth workers and other professionals and individuals interested in learning about the therapeutic benefits of outdoor learning in a practical hands-on way.

The principles learnt can be applied to formal and in-formal education settings and are ideal for promoting and developing social inclusion for those working with disadvantaged individuals and groups.

for more info email Lorraine at: consiliumdt@gmail.com

Forest Leader Qualifications

OCNWMR Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF)step out

If you wish to lead Forest School programmes, the completion of your Level 3 is the beginning of your journey.

Interested then contact Step-Out

We regularly work with Step-Out staff when we run Bushcraft and inclusion training. We recommend them for those seeking formal qualifications or for schools who have hard to engage young people. Step-Out staff are truly excellent.

Forest School Ethos

1) Long-term educational process
Forest School is a long-term student-led, educational process that promotes, observes and explicitly supports the social, emotional and physical development of children, young people and adults in an outdoor, preferably woodland environment.

2) Matching of tasks/activities to preferred learning styles

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Key to supporting this process is an acknowledgement of the role of the practitioner as a ‘significant other’ who can encourage the development of self esteem through appropriate matching of task/activity to a student’s preferred learning style.

The development of the role of ‘significant other’ occurs through the long-term relationship that is built up over the duration of a Forest School programme (at least 12 weeks and preferably 36 weeks). This relationship is founded on the twin principles of risk and trust.

3) Continual detailed observation and evaluation
The successful matching of tasks/activities to a student’s preferred learning style occurs through continual detailed observation and evaluation of a student’s learning and behaviour over the duration of a Forest School programme.

School Inclusion Training 2014
School Inclusion Training 2014

This process of observation and evaluation begins with a ‘base-line assessment’ either provided by the referring agency or conducted during an initial period of Forest School (typically 6 weeks). Throughout the programme continuous observations are made, monitoring the daily progress of the students attending and which culminate in a detailed final report for each student on the Forest School Programme.

4) High staffing ratios
It is only through high staffing ratios that leaders are able to observe individual students, match tasks to preferred learning styles and work intensely with students on the Forest School Programme.

Forest School Criteria

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    Is run by qualified Forest School Leader, who is adequately insured for the programmes that they run.

  • Has regular and repeated participation in planned and well organised programmes (including planning for
    child-led learning/play) enabling participants to build on previous achievements and skills.
  • Staff make detailed observations of individual participants, especially with respect to preferred learning styles
    and development of confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.
  • Is run in an outdoor setting for the bulk of the programme, ideally woodlands.
  • Works with higher than average staff to pupil ratios for challenging/intensive activities.makinga den 2
  • Introduces responsible risk taking and challenging norms.
  • Sets participants up to achieve through small achievable tasks.

The process of supporting students in a Forest School environment explicitly encourages Emotional literacy and the development of Emotional Intelligence.

Forest School training enables students to integrate Forest School provision with ecologically sensitive and sustainable use of the outdoor environment.