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Episode 17: An introduction to the Forest School Approach with Mel McCree and Sarah Lawfull

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In this TTS Talking podcast episode, Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined by renowned Forest School experts, Mel McCree and Sarah Lawfull. Sharing their passion for the Forest School approach, Sarah and Mel explain to Alistair the 6 key principles and how this ethos really benefits child development.  
The Forest School ethos offers children a play-based approach to learning in the great outdoors. The approach focuses on all children having the opportunity to develop in a hands-on learning environment with experiences that aim to enhance key skills from the early years onwards.

6 Key Principles:

Sarah Lawfull, Chair of the Forest School Association and podcast guest, highlights the 6 key principles:

  1. Forest School is a long-term process 
  2. Nature connection, learning in a natural wooded environment 
  3. Promotes holistic development 
  4. Supports risk-taking 
  5. Ran by qualified and reflective Forest School practitioners and leaders  
  6. Encompasses learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

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