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forest schooled

/ˈfɒrɪst skuːld/


1. educated or trained in the forest school ethos

2. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)

3. challenged, educated, and humbled by the

features and forces of the natural world

I'm a Forest School Leader who started this blog while studying for my Level 3 qualification in the UK. At the time I was also working with children from a Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Now I work in a variety of settings utilising Forest School principles to help children develop confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and life skills. But whilst we're busy 'teaching' them, they are just as busy teaching me. This blog is all about the lessons I'm learning in the process and how, in essence, I'm getting 'Forest Schooled'.

Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in these stories.

Forest Schooled News:

Now Available: Forest Schooled, The book!

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Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! After years of writing Forest Schooled, my stories are now nestled within the pages of a brand new book alongside high quality full colour photographs I've lovingly taken over the years while out delivering programmes and exploring woodlands. I have rejoiced, cried, and stressed out while making this project come to life. It was a journey in and of itself to create a book about "my forest school journey." But hey, it wouldn't be Forest School if it didn't challenge, stretch, and transform us, right? After all that's the point of getting Forest Schooled... So I hope others will truly enjoy having these stories in print, to read, reflect, and continue to inspire each other to do this work. THANK YOU to all of you for your support in getting here. The book is now available for purchase through AMAZON.

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November 3, 2019

Well, I’m dusting off the ol' Forest Schooled keyboard. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog here. Life moves and sways, shifting where energy was once placed into other facets and callings. But I’ve missed it, missed writing, sharing, and connecting with all of...

September 1, 2019

Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! 

Three and a half years ago I started writing Forest Schooled. It was purely a space for me to share stor...

January 5, 2019

This is a tough one for me to write, but here goes... 

One of my missions in Forest School and even through writing this blog has been to advocate for and provide opportunities for children to play... to play freely, with autonomy, and the time to pursue their own ideas...

October 11, 2018

"I'm going to build a dam!" a six year old named Carter said. And off he went to the stream where he started to move rocks from the stream bed, puzzle-piecing them together to form a small wall across the width of the water's path. 

The project soon gathered intere...

May 12, 2018

I feel like a bit of a Forest School hypocrite when I say that I've made conscious decisions about how to "structure" the Forest School sessions I lead. It feels hypocritical because Forest School is not really meant to be "structured." It's about being learner-led, fl...

July 23, 2017

Short on time? If you'd rather listen to this blog post as a podcast just click here! Or download it here to listen to it later :)

There has been a lot of discussion (both historically and recently) amongst the Forest School community with regards to what truly defines...

August 25, 2016

This didn't happen at Forest School, but I think it's important.

Could it be our fault that children misbehave? You might be wondering how that question even makes sense. How could it be our fault when it is the child who controls their own behaviour, right? Recently I...

August 19, 2016

“I'm the mother and you're the baby,” said one girl to another.

“What am I?” said a third girl.

“You're the older sister,” replied the first girl, “We're going to the toy store. Come on baby, get in the car.”

The first girl (mother) then pretended to pick up the second...

July 10, 2016

“I beat your record! I climbed higher than you!”

“Okay, I'll have another go! I'll bet I can get even higher!”

And up the boys went, climbing higher and higher into the branches of a hornbeam tree, trying to beat each other's previous 'record' with each passing turn.


June 22, 2016

You know how there's this movement for risk assessments to also evaluate the benefits rather than just the hazards? These 'risk-benefit assessments' take into account what benefits a participant might reap by taking part in a risky activity. Particularly with regards t...

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