Forest School Courses

Low Resilience Support Programme

6 DAY COURSE / £450

(3-10 learners. Groups can be made up from different schools)

The aim of this course is to support learners who have been identified as struggling to access their learning as a result of low resilience.  We aim to run this specialist programme over 6 ‘full day’ sessions. This could be delivered 1 day per week during an academic half term or during school holidays.

Through nature based activities in the woodland, learners will develop a higher level of resilience and recognise how they can learn to better manage their behaviour within the more formal classroom environment through a variety of coping mechanisms. The programme is ideal for groups between yr5 and yr9, or learners of a similar age. Our Forest School leaders will meet with the school SLT to discuss any relevant EHCP outcomes of the child and the activities we will utilise to tackle the identified issues. 

Many of the tasks will have a bush craft theme and we will introduce learners to the woodland environment with minimal challenge initially. We will then aim to develop their self-belief through achievable tasks throughout the programme, minimising opportunities for ‘social loafing’ or quietly opting out. 

On completion of the course (including the John Muir Award), as well as the celebratory day for parents and teachers, the school will also receive a detailed and individual report, including some advice on next steps, i.e. how the learner might be supported to ensure progress is sustainable back in school. The course covers 6 days of learning in the woods, a pre-course visit, end of course report, equipment, insurance and resources. The course takes place regardless of weather* it’s all part of developing resilience!

For more information please call
Steve Mann on 07944 102 606

*Only really strong winds would take us out of the woods.

ADHD Support Programme

6 DAY COURSE / £800 

(2-8 learners. Groups can be made up from different schools) 

The aim of this course is to support complex needs learners who have a diagnosis specifically of ADHD, or display those traits. We work closely with learners in the woodland environment to show ADHD in a more positive light; after all who wants a label that has both ‘deficit’ and ‘disorder’ in it?  

Typically, they will learn Bushcraft skills such as wildlife tracking and identification, fire lighting, creating craft items, modern and historic tool use, foraging, and shelter building. They will learn about their hunter-gatherer ancestors and how ADHD traits would have been extremely important to them for survival. We use these skills as a vehicle to improve their sense of self, support self-regulation and develop coping skills. We also do some guided meditation and discussions round the camp fire. Learners will also work towards the John Muir and Wild Passport Award Schemes.

For this programme to be effective, our Forest School leaders will initially meet with the school SLT and focus the discussion around any applicable EHCP outcomes for that child.  We will also discuss general issues, difficulties and how the condition manifests itself in their individual case to ensure outcomes are met.

We aim to run this specialist programme over 6 full day sessions. This could be delivered 1 day per week during an academic half term or during school holidays. The programme is ideal for groups between yr5 and yr9, or learners of a similar age. The course covers 6 days of learning in the woods, a pre-course visit, end of course report, all equipment, insurance and resources.  

On completion of the course, as well as a celebratory day for teachers and parents, the school will also receive a detailed report including some advice on next steps, i.e. how the learner might be supported to ensure progress is sustainable back at school.

For more information please call
Steve Mann on 07944 102 606