What is Forest School?
Forest School is a unique educational approach that gives young people increased contact with, and knowledge of, the natural world, and a powerful process that enables the holistic personal development of young people.
It offers all types of learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through different types of learning in the enveloping environment of a woodland. It is child led and designed to be fun. It allows our children to achieve and most importantly grow; at their own pace.
We centre on the social, physical, intellectual, communication, emotional and spiritual needs of the children, in other words – their holistic development. This in turn helps foster resilient, confident, independent and creative learners that go on to use their new skills in the class room environment.
Who am I?
I’m Stephen Simpson and I have worked for over twenty years with 3-18 year olds in creative environments in both state and independent schools. I undertook the Level Three Forest School Leaders course in 2017 and I have worked with forest schools throughout the local area.
I’m a passionate believer in using alternative learning methods with children who need help coping with the pressures of the modern classroom. This led me to the forest school ethos.
I have an adopted son with special education and behavioural needs.
Recently I completed an “Understanding Autism” course at the University of Kent. I have completed 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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