I have worked for over twenty years with children in creative environments in both State and Independent schools. During this time I have become frustrated by the rigours and expectations placed on children by an education system primarily designed to test children to a rigid set of rules.
I think education can be and should be delivered in a different way. A way more intuitive to being a child.
“the pressures our children face are eroding away creative learning and free thinking”
With increased expectations from teachers, headteachers, parents and government – the pressures our children are facing are eroding away creative learning and free thinking; and all the rest of the fun things children should experience are being forgotten.
I think there is another way of learning. Forest school allows children to be children. It allows them space to find themselves, away from the pressures of the regular school day. I believe one child is not better or worse than another at forest school, children are not compared to one and other, they’re not placed in sets based on a criteria’s expected outcome for them. Children at forest school all have strengths which are nurtured and encouraged.
Currently I support forest schools in and around London. I am completing a Level Three Forest School Leader (Archimedes) qualification. I have a current DBS certificate, a Level Three Outdoor First Aid certificate and an additional two day paediatric first aid certificate.
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