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 15: Holistic Perspectives and Conclusions
In this book, I have argued that Forest School has a beneficial role in the UK, supporting development, learning and mental health. Having considered how Forest School is being delivered across age groups and geographies and some of the benefits that have been recorded, it is time to step back and consider the bigger picture. For example, if the diversity of groups accessing Forest School as described continues, what are the implications for training and what could the role of the Forest School Association be? What implications are there for the sustainability agenda and what could governmental recognition look like? Lastly, the conclusion will consider existing and possible future international links, given the existence of Forest School ...