October 2015 saw the start of a new Forest School Leadership training course being held at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve on the outskirts of the New Forest. A full cohort of 15 excited, but perhaps a little nervous, trainees began the first part of their level 3 Forest School Leadership Qualification with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
The year- long course started with an intensive but inspiring week of practical skill training and theoretical teaching, spanning woodland ecology, educational theories and the Forest School pedagogy, delivered by the Trust’s experienced and enthusiastic Forest School tutors. The learners came from a wide array of settings, including some who are self- employed, and teach from early years through to young adults. Towards the end of the training course, these new trainees will be developing their own Forest School provision, leading a total of 15 pilot programmes between the cohort in 2016 to complete their assessments. This is great news for the children of Hampshire who will benefit from the unique opportunities provided by these new Forest School leaders to explore and learn, develop new skills, breath fresh air and stretch their muscles in our beautiful woodlands!
If you would like to find out more about Forest School, visit the Forest School Association website
Keep an eye on our website for our Forest School Experience Days, level 1 courses and the next level 3 training course starting in October.