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Forest School for All

Forest School for All

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February 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How can you use the Forest School ethos for the benefit of all your students?

Forest School is now being used with a wide range of different age groups and in many different settings, and it can address issues such as obesity, public health and social wellbeing. This book includes case studies that will help to demonstrate how to run Forest School sessions with:

- children in older primary classes

- secondary schools

- children in urban environments

- special schools

- young people in residential homes

- school refusers

- young people who have been excluded

- adults with autistic-spectrum disorders

- family centres.

Anyone interested in how to implement the Forest School ethos in their learning environment will be enthused and inspired by this book.

Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).

Sara Knight
Introduction: Setting the Scene
Katherine Milchem
Breaking through Concrete: The Emergence of Forest School in London
Clare Lamb
Forest School: A Whole-School Approach
Tracey Maciver
Developing Practice and Delivering a Forest School Programme for Children Identified as Gifted and Talented
Alisdair Horning
Using Forest School to Make the Transition to High School
Clare Neenan with Sara Knight
Supporting Emotional and Social Development in Forest School with Adolescents
Ross Evans
Forest School: An Alternative Curriculum
Rich Sylvester
Learning from Working with Disaffected Year 10 Pupils
Jon Cree
Maintaining the Forest School Ethos while Working with 14 to 19-Year-Old Boys
Fiona Hopkins
Removing Barriers: Getting Children with Physical Challenges into the Woods
Xavier Elonquin and Tina Hutchinson
SEALs in the Woods!
Rebecca Wicks
Forest School and Looked-after Children
Kevin Burrows
Autism, Art and Nature as Relational Aspects of Forest School
Mike Brady
Addicts and Forest School
Lucy Partridge and Wendy Taylor
Forest School for Families
Louise Ambrose
Forest School Countywide: A Norfolk Perspective
Jenny Watters
Edinburgh's Forest School Partnership Project 'Building Local Capacity'
Sara Knight

'Despite the variety of contributors and their projects, the editor has achieved a consistence of tone and style in the writing, which is engaging and accessible'
-Valerie Huggins, Early Years

'[The editors] lead a mystery tour of learning in nature and nature in learning. I particularly delighted in the account of the practicalities of urban comprehensive pupils weaving together saplings along a trail as part of their 'Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning'. This book turns a dry Faculty of Public Health report green' -
Times Higher Education

'Yet again Sara has managed to capture the essence of Forest School. The varied case studies explore how the Forest School ethos applies across a wide range of clients, and demonstrate precisely why so many talented and enlightened practitioners are using Forest School with learners, especially those who don't fit in with the constraints of mainstream education' -
Susannah Podmore, FEI Coordinator, Forestry Commission England

"Knight offers a needed addition to scholarship on outdoor and hybrid environmental curriculum, with a keen modeling accommodation for diverse and special-needs learners. The book's strength is that it provides a methodology for implementation of outdoor experiential education curriculum and assessment in independent and charter schools."

L.H. Taylor Jr.
North Carolina State University
CHOICE Magazine

A great review, introducing and exploring the concepts and practicalities of forest schools.

Mr charlie whewell
Sport & the Public Services Department, Bedford College
August 21, 2017

Essential reading for all those studying or wishing to improve knowledge of forest school and outdoor play and learning.

Mrs Kelly Cover
Trowbridge Campus, Wiltshire College
April 28, 2016

This book is a key text for those who are considering or currently engaged in Forest School Education. This book explores the context in which Forest School settings should be developed, discussing the role of the Forest School Leader and the importance of health and safety. The chapter on supporting children's social and emotional needs is thought provoking and provides many examples of how practitioners can develop their skills to support children's well being.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
June 23, 2015

I have recommended that my students read this book, and use it to inform the way that they would like to learn on the course. I try to teach in an outdoor environment whenever possible, and this book helps the students to understand why this benefits them.

Mr Michael Smith
Public Services , sgs college
June 4, 2015

This book identifies the characteristics which define Forest School within the UK. It makes distinctions between various environments and diverse participants and allows the reader to see how inclusive the ethos of Forest School can be. We are recommending this book for the Early Years Care and Education Foundation Degree and I am sure that as these students progress towards Primary School Educators they will use this book again and again.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
October 2, 2014

A nice introduction into Forest school philosophy, useful because case studies give it a practical feel. A good resource for seminar tasks.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste College
February 24, 2014

An excellent text which is highly accessible to students, providing a range of case studies and discussion points as well as further reading guidance, designed to support the student in areas of personal interest.

Ms Yasmin Stefanov-King
Scarborough School of Education, Hull University
January 9, 2014

An inspiring collection of essays with useful references and websites. Full index and very 'student friendly' layout. Good coverage of the Forest Movement from knowledgeable contributors.

Mr Graham Robertson
Cass School of Education, University of East London
December 13, 2013

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