A beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning. The images throughout the book bring alive Forest School activities and each chapter is accompanied by creative ideas for practice and in depth case studies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland exploring the amazing variety of nature provision. Coverage includes: • Rural and urban day nurseries for very young children • State and independent provision for Early Years and Primary Schools • Secondary School intervention strategies for students with special education needs and disabilities • How to support parents and families with Forest School • Supporting people with mental health issues. Suggestions for further reading at the end of chapters will be a helpful guide for students to read around the topic. Whether you’re training to become a teacher, or already working in the outdoor classroom, this book demonstrates how Forest School approaches are enriching learning opportunities for children, young people and adults, and deepening their connections with the natural world, with spectacular results.
Chapter 9: Independent Provision Considered
This chapter considers the effects of Forest School on some schools in the independent sector in the UK, and the relationship between the pedagogy of some independent schools and Forest School. These are schools which are paid for by fees charged to the parents or by grants and bursaries from patrons and charities. The terminology of the independent sector can be rather confusing. Independent schools are privately owned and thus are in the public rather than the state sector. They may be called by any of those names: independent schools, public schools and private schools all describe the same kind of schools. Things have been further complicated by the introduction of academies which are independent of local authorities and ...