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Consultancy

Forest school and behaviour advice and support

Forest School Consultancy

Offering practical advice and support in setting up and running a forest school
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Our Forest School (FS) Consultancy aims to equip practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to develop their forest school setting and practice in the outdoor environment. We can offer a bespoke service tailored to your needs.Our Forest School Leaders have a wealth of experience and knowledge and can support you in many ways including:

  • Introduction to Forest School
  • The benefits of FS play
  • FS and the EYFS
  • FS and the National curriculum
  • Writing Risk Assessments
  • Setting up and improving your site
  • Guidance on staff training
  • Activity ideas
  • Policies and procedures

This service is ideal if you have already completed Forest School Leader training and are looking to set up or improve your site or if you are at the very beginning of your Forest School journey and would like advice and support. 

Please do get in touch with us for more information or to chat to an advisor.

The Forest School Consultancy fee is £300 per day, unless you have completed training with us and then there is a discounted rate of £200.

Behaviour Support Consultancy

Providing support and advice for students with ASD and SEMH needs
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Supporting students with ASD and SEMH needs can be a real challenge. Not only are teachers not trained mental health practitioners, access to the kinds of support some students need is restricted both by overwhelming demand and funding cuts. Higher tier services have had to raise the severity of cases to be accepted in order to prioritise those with the highest level of need. This leaves a large section of the school population with serious (but less severe) mental health issues that struggle to get the support that is needed. 

Schools are required to demonstrate evidence of a graduated response to meeting children and young people’s SEMH needs. This ranges from high quality teaching within the classroom to targeted individualised intervention for pupils with more complex needs.

Key consultation services and areas covered are;

  • Designing Outdoor Areas and/or Interventions for SEN.
  • Developing Safe Places (inside or outside) for Self-Regulation
  • Bespoke Mentoring resources for students on how the brain works, being different, being in the right place to learn or coping with anxiety.
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance; advice, strategies, and case-studies.
  • Capturing Progress; using Thought books & the Progression Framework for Inventions & Mentoring.
  • Collaborative creative problem solving

Prices are approx. £150 for a block of 2 hours. No formal diagnosis or referral is required and we offer a free meet and greet session to explore how we can help. 

Meet our Consultants

Annie Milverton
Adult Provision, Manager

Annie completed her Forest School Leader training with us back in 2017 and has worked with us ever since. Annie’s background in Primary education and Psychology gives her a unique take on the training courses she runs. Annie is an enthusiastic team member who believes passionately in outdoor education and experience for all.

Neil Martin
Forest School Practitioner and Trainer

Neil is a qualified Forest School leader and has completed a foundation in outdoor education. Neil is a fully qualified joker. He uses his humour and imagination, through storytelling, poetry, playing games, craft and nature connection activities. Neil brings his humour and passion, for learning in the woods to the Outdoors group and has been co-leading our Forest School leader training since February 2019.

Seamo Teare
Inclusion Lead

Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group.

Other Services

Free Initial Meet & Greet

To raise awareness of what we can offer, schools can book a free “meet and greet” session. We recommend that you have an informal chat so that we can establish your requirements and provide recommendations. This will be a 1-hour session and gives you the chance to find out about the variety of Outdoor Learning services and packages that we have available for schools. 

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Training

If you are at the start of your forest school journey take a look at our Forest School Leader Training options. We run a range of accredited training courses by qualified practitioners to help you develop your Forest School and outdoor skills.

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CPD Courses & Workshops

In addition to the Forest School training we are now running a variety of CPD (Continual Professional Development) courses, as well as short workshops for you to develop your practical skills. 

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