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Graduation for Wildlife Trust Forest School Students 

Date: Monday, January 14, 2008


Forest School Leaders graduate college course.      

 

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Solihull Forest School, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been working on a three year project designed to train educational professionals to become Forest School Leaders.

 

The first 10 Forest School Leaders have completed and passed their leadership qualification. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is hosting a graduation ceremony for them to celebrate their success.

 

This will be held at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre on Friday the 16th of January at 2 pm. Where they will be presented with a certificate and an oak tree to mark the occasion.

 

The 10 new leaders started their Forest School qualification in November 2007 and, a year later, have all successfully completed the BTEC qualification.

 

The students all work in schools and nurseries from Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull and have been leading Forest School programmes, between them they will have allowed over 200 children to access learning outdoors and will continue to reach more.

 

Training teaching staff to deliver regular outdoor education in their own settings means that they can continue to do so over a long term with minimal costs, as opposed to paying for 'one off' day trips. It also gives them the confidence and skills needed to get the best use out of their school grounds and local green spaces.

 

Forest School is a long term outdoors educational approach which offers an alternative to mainstream 'classroom' teaching. Benefits for the children involved include better concentration rates, increase in self esteem and confidence, health benefits and in many cases re-kindling desire to learn.

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