Forest School training
Forest School is an inspirational concept that provides learning opportunities through practical activities in the great outdoors.
It can be personally and socially uplifting and unlike other forms of outdoor education, it embraces an approach of self-esteem development for participants. It’s an ideal place for learning, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.
What will forest school teach me?
Our Forest School training programmes are led by Bridgwater College and take place on our beautiful nature reserve; Primley Woods, which is located opposite the Zoo.
Courses are aimed at those wishing to gain practical skills and confidence in leading groups.
Bridgwater has developed a unique set of nationally accredited BTEC Forest School qualifications, from basic skills through to advanced level that will enable you to develop a wide range of skills, including;
- The safe use of tools
- Basic construction of structures and fires
- How to tie knots and lashings
- Knowledge of woodland conservation
- Innovative development, team building and problem solving skills
- Self-esteem and behaviour management
- Confidence building
How can Forest School benefit my teaching?
Forest School can be linked to any education programme, curriculum or team building activity. It is most effective as an ongoing experience, supporting participants in cultivating a lifelong appreciation of the natural environment, whilst at the same time building confidence and enhancing emotional wellbeing.
By becoming skilled in Forest School you can use the concept in a variety of ways to complement other learning and development tools.
The team at Bridgwater College are all experienced Forest School leaders. They come from a variety of backgrounds and combined with their broad skills base this allows them to meet the needs of all groups, from pre-school children to adults, especially people with physical disabilities, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties.
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