The Forest School Approach



Outdoor education is dynamic and requires creative thinking and the ability to adapt - skills that are essential to be an outstanding educator in any field.

In this session, you will explore what creativity and adaptation means in outdoor learning and how to apply it to wider education studies.

Key facts

On campus
Off campus
Short session
15 (+ 2 staff)
Key Stage
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Example programme

We will begin in our brand new carbon zero building at the Woodlands Forest School, where you will be presented with a range of resources that you might have in a traditional classroom, and challenged to bring the learning outdoors to our forest school garden, using a combination of found natural materials and the resources provided.

By the end of the one hour session, you will have created something using a combination of natural and classroom materials, and tested your own adaptability to taking your learning into a new environment.

Please enquire about a free introductory session for your Post 16 Setting.

Visit our Woodland’s Forest School Website for more information:

Woodlands Forest School - Staffordshire University (

All sessions are subject to change based on a consultation with our Woodland’s Forest School Lead.

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