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The history of Local Council Partnership in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

 

Between 2007 and 2010 A partnership between Warwickshire WIld life Trust Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Council, and Warwickshire County Councilgained funding of £321,500.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop Forest School across the three areas.

 

Each council contributed funds towards the development of Forest School provision on a local level; this funding has contributed towards the three local coordinators who supported and helping students to develop their School grounds and complete their Forest School leader qualifications.

 

The main focus for theproject  has been to provide Forest School Leadership training for teachers and practical support in setting up projects, so schools can benefit directly from this new exciting scheme on a long-term basis.

 

Phil Dickin, The then Director of people & Wildlife at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust commented, "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Wildlife Trust and partners to offer a programme that will encourage young people into woodlands learn new skills gain an understanding of the countryside and help in their health and wellbeing." (2007)

 

Anne Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund regional manager for the West Midlands, commented; "If we are to protect the Earth and our future, we need to equip today's students to be tomorrow's environmental stewards. They need a deeper understanding of the relationship between our society and the environment itself, and Forest Schools will do exactly this". (2007)

 

During the course of the project time Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has developed its level 3 Open College Network Forest School leader training course; this has meant that over 350 teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses received local Forest School leader training delivered by three local Co-ordinators.

 

The project under went a transfer in 2012 and now one of these Co-orindators, Sarah Capper now delivers the same quality training in  warwickhsire, Coventry and Solihull  under the company Get Out of the Classroom www.getoutoftheclassroom.com

 

Training with Get Out of the Classroom will give you many added benefit including:- providing local advice about where to surce reseoruces from; put you in tocuh with local forest school leaders with similar sites to you so you can visit them; portfollio support.

 

It is estimated that there are now over 1000 Forest School Leaders operating within Warwickshire, Covnetry an Solihull.

 

Now more children in the West Midlands can take advantage of an alternative learning experience in the outdoors.

 

 

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