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Creating a Forest for Learning


The long term vision for education in The National Forest is that every child, living in The National Forest, will have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning and all the benefits it can provide.

A three year project to establish a sustainable step change in outdoor learning in The National Forest aims

  • To better understand current activity, where gaps in provision currently exist, and opportunities to establish new activity. Also to understand the aspirations of schools and barriers to provision.
  • To take practical action to increase use of wooded learning spaces and enable more schools to experience their benefits
  • To embed outdoor learning across the Forest and establish a sustainable network of support for teaching staff and primary schools.

What will success look like in 3 years?

  • Every Primary school has the ability to use a woodland setting as a regular learning space for teaching within school grounds or within walking distance.
  • A vibrant and active network of Forest Schools practitioners and outdoor educators, mutually supported.
  • Teachers confident in their knowledge and understanding of the Forest, liaising with landowners and being part of an active network.
  • Relevant training devised and programmes of support determined with established demand for delivery of these resources.
  • An awards scheme in place
  • Outdoor learning is beginning to be embedded into each primary school’s ethos and culture.
  • An exemplar model of sustainable outdoor learning provision exists and can be replicated nationally and internationally.

Watch our video on a Forest for Learning in the National Forest

For further information please contact Caroline Scothern on


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