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 12: Forest School and Pupil Referral Units
This chapter will consider how Forest School can help young people who have been failed by the mainstream education system. One member of the original Bridgwater group who started Forest School in the UK then left the college and started up his own centre where many of his groups were children and young people, mostly boys, with behavioural difficulties. Gordon Woodall rewrote the original Forest School training course, validated through BTEC, with its early years focus to include learning outcomes relating to emotional intelligence in the new course validated by the Open College Network. His interest in the work of Goleman (1996) and how to help children and young people relearn self-control, motivation ...