Forest School Training Providers Scotland

Created by SBP Admin | Published 08.20.14

A list of Forest School Training providers offering courses at all levels across Scotland, with contact details.

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Forest School Scotland Resource Pack

Created by SBP Admin | Published 08.20.14

This pack has been designed as a resource to support Forest School leaders and practitioners working in a range of situations across Scotland. Please note that is NOT a substitute for undergoing the required Forest School training qualification to lead or assist with a Forest School programme. However, some of the activities included may also be applicable for other outdoor learning contexts.

The resource is available as a folder comprising  the following sections: Contents page; 1. General introduction; 2. Planning; 3. Curriculum Links; 4. Early Years; 5. Primary; 6. Secondary; 7. Special Needs; 8. Practical Activities; 9. References; 10. Appendices

The pack contents require some updating since its creation in 2010, but should provide some useful ideas and activities, templates and sample programmes that you can adapt and develop to fit your particular setting and group.

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OWL Scotland Guidance for Landowners

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 08.13.14

As a woodland owner, you can open up your woods for learning. This guidance provides summary information on the use of woodland for outdoor and woodland learning. This includes what makes a good woodland site for learning, and what activities may take place. Legal and practical aspects are considered, including liability and insurance, risk assessment, safety, access and responsibilities, and further links to organisations, resources and funding are included. Local OWL groups and Forest School practitioners may find this useful for reference and to share with their local site manager/ owner.


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FEI Forest School Scotland - a context May 2013

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 05.29.13

This document provides background to date (May 2013) on FEI Forest School in Scotland. Sections cover 1. 'What is Forest School?' - the International, UK and Scotland context and 2. 'Forest School in Scotland today and its future direction' - national policy & context, education & learning, Forest Education Initiative, Forest School training, practice, and Forest School Scotland resources.This provides the context for the separate FEI Forest School Scotland Evaluation Framework document.

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Good Practice Guidlines for Work Experience Placements - Careers

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 12.11.12

These Good Practice Guidelines aim to assist those industry members who might consider working in partnership with schools/colleges to provide young people with the real life experience they require, before considering the forestry & timber industry as a journey/ career path to follow.  Such experience is of benefit - to the participant host, as well as the trainee – particularly increasing understanding of the opportunities available, within an industry with an ageing workforce.  However, it is known the regulations and legislation surrounding such experience, particularly for those under 16, can be off putting – these guidelines seek to reduce the burden, and help businesses get started.


The Guidelines have been developed to provide information on the steps that should be considered by employers before offering and/or hosting work experience placement/s, and to signpost them to sources of further information and advice.  It should be noted that they are for guidance only and that reference should always be made to the appropriate authority/agency should any specific questions be raised.


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