The aim of this project was to support the playgroup to provide long term woodland play opportunities for their learners.
In Feb. 07 youngsters from Foxcovert and Foxcovert RC primary schools began their combined Forest School Programme with help from teaching staff members and Earth Calling Download the resource
In Oct. 2006 Youngsters from Liberton High School began a 24 session programme of Forest Schools working with the Green Team and a school based youth worker.
Their Forest School has been based in the Pentlands Regional Park and they have given their assistance to the Ranger Service
The Executive Summary was produced to highlight key activities and successes in the first year of the pilot project. It has been widely circulated amongst stakeholders and interested parties to try and raise awareness.
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There is an established Open College Network training programme delivered by the Forest School Leader Training Company
The aim is to provide quality training opportunities for teaching staff who wish to gain more skills and confidence engaging youngsters in their own learning process in a woodland environment.
The second of two Forest School Leader Training courses aimed at Edinburgh Teachers (primary, secondary or special) is due to commence in Sept. 07 - Feb. 08 please contact Jenny Watters for details, dates and the application process.
Burnhouse School in West Lothian has secured a funding through Ambitious Schools to provide a Forest School Leader Training course for teaching staff throughout West Lothian.
The Open College Network accredited course which is being provided through the Forest School Leader Training Company is commencing in March. The course is being hosted at Oatridge College who have kindly offered their venue and woodlands for the training purposes at a discounted rate.
Over the next 8 months the course participants will undergo a 2 day emergency first aid course, a 5 day intensive Forest School Leader Training course, 3 days extended practical skills course with peer assessment, assessment of their practical sessions with youngsters and finally a coursework submission covering a range of topics from Health & Safety to Child Development in an outdoor setting.
The schools staff and following organisations are participating:
Pinewood / Cedarbank
The West Lothian Ranger Service
The Edinburgh Park Ranger Service
Please contact Jenny Watters if you wish to get involved with the FEI in West Lothian.