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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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January 11, 2020

It's winter. A time of year in the northern hemisphere where days are short, vitamin D is lacking, I feel like hibernating, but modern life expects us to keep a summer's pace... a time where hope and self care are much needed friends. So I wrote this poem. Leave a comm...

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...

June 29, 2018

I went to a conference recently that was all about connecting children with nature. Sounds like something that should be right up my alley. However I left feeling dissatisfied. I found that a lot of discussion around the reasons for connecting children to nature were h...

March 29, 2017

I'm really excited to share Forest Schooled's second Guest Blog! I love guest blogs because they help me gain fresh perspective and ideas about concepts I might not be so familiar with myself. This one is written by Molly McConnell, a good friend of mine who has experi...

October 27, 2016

Has anyone else noticed the difference that having a fire makes at a session? I'm sure you have, at least to some degree. In fact, it's not really news to me either. I have always 'felt' or 'sensed' how fire impacts people on both a personal and social level, but I gue...

June 6, 2016

It's pouring with rain. There's an 8 year old child in front of you attempting to use a fire striker to light a piece of cotton wool. He had used the strikers for the first time just a few minutes ago and, though he had struggled with the striking movement, he was able...

May 26, 2016

 There's an 8 year old girl named Isabelle who comes to Forest School from the PRU. For the most part, she's delightful. She's always been very respectful towards us and is eager to join in and help with 'chores', like making hot chocolate, cooking and washing up. Occa...

May 12, 2016

I've been trying to make sense of a situation I encountered with a girl at Forest School this week. I found it a bit odd at the time and it is only through reflection that I've started to understand what happened much better. Lily is a very timid, softly spoken 11 year...

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