FOREST SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR LEARNING INTERVENTIONS

Specialist outdoor learning programmes to support students' social and emotional development.

Overall, studies of adventure learning interventions consistently show positive benefits on academic learning, and wider outcomes such as self-confidence. On average, pupils who participate in adventure learning interventions appear to make approximately three months additional progress over the course of a year. The evidence suggests that the impact is greater for longer courses (more than a week), and those in a ‘wilderness’ setting.

Educational Endowment Foundation

Camp fire buildingThe Outdoors Group is building a strong reputation for helping students from primary to post-16 who have struggled, or are struggling, with educational engagement.

We work closely with the Local Authority and schools to ensure integrated support for our students. Throughout our intervention programmes we work on key targets for students, which support social and emotional development, and reintegration into learning environments.

Forest School and outdoor learning interventions are helping young people re-engage in a number of ways:

  • Building a relationship with a trusted adult.
  • Social and emotional development.
  • Accessing and understanding feelings.
  • Building resilience.
  • Reintegration with peers and social groups.
  • Building coping strategies for behaviour and learning.
  • Life skills development.
  • Respite from school and home environments.
  • Time and space in nature.
  • Improved mental health.
Trained staff

All of our staff are DBS checked, first aid certified for outdoor learning and fully qualified and experienced to work with vulnerable young people in the outdoors. As a company, we are fully compliant with current legislation including data protection, safeguarding, equality and diversity and child protection.

The Outdoors Group is aware of the vulnerabilities of the young people using our services and the need to help protect them. We are also aware of the importance of effective communication with schools and have put good systems in place to ensure this works well for all involved, including contributing to the TAF.

Funding and reporting support

The Outdoors Group understands a reporting obligation comes with funding intervention programmes. We offer the following support to schools who need to monitor each student’s progress and report to funding organisations:

  • We assess learners on a daily basis through our assessment framework and report to schools on
     

    distance travelled every term (or bespoke timescales should they be required).

  • We work closely with referral agencies and schools to target our outcomes specifically to learners.
  • Where possible we report directly to team around the family and early help meetings. If we cannot be there in person we will write and send reports.
  • We report to schools on all health and safety, and safeguarding issues directly to ensure transparency and effective help for students.
Paperwork

The Outdoors Group will provide full due diligence paperwork to schools engaging with our provision, and requires referral paperwork so that we can effectively safeguard and provide for our students.

Our due diligence paperwork includes:

  • list of DBS numbers for all staff
  • copies of relevant certificates of training for staff working with students
  • site and activity risk assessments
  • Lone Working Policy and procedure
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Child in Crisis Policy (including behaviour policy)
  • SOE5 documentation
  • copies of insurance documents
  • example schemes of work for activities
  • Teaching and Learning statement.
Get in touch

We offer a number of options for young people and have listed our standard programmes below. We understand all students’ needs are different so can also look at tailoring a bespoke programme to an individual.

We operate under service level agreements for our provision so that everyone is clear on the details surrounding the provision we offer.

We do not offer transport as part of our intervention services. It remains the referral agency’s responsibility to organise transport for students to and from our Forest School sites.

For visits and enquiries, please contact Shevek Pring, Director of Intervention Services on 07757 209920 or email shevek.pring@swoutdoorsgroup.co.uk

CONTACT US

1:1 sessions

We work with students who may be at risk of PEX or had fixed term exclusions. They often need support for other reasons such as behavioural difficulties or social and emotional issues. For example, students linked to YOT, those who need family support activities through Social Services, as well as students who need targeted support to help with staying in, or reintegrating, into school.

Students will always have 1:1 support from us but we also encourage them to join in with other groups running on our sites, if it’s appropriate and beneficial for the student.

Prices per student

  • Full day (9.30am -2.30pm), £176
  • Half day (9.30am -12pm or 12 – 2.30pm), £88

Where

  • Exeter Forest School, Shillingford St George
  • Exmouth Forest School, Leeford Woods
  • Okehampton Forest School, Moyses Lane
  • Tiverton Forest School, The Adventure Playground, Cowleymoor 

Schools we’ve worked with 1:1

We work with students from PRUs and Independent Special Schools, as well as from mainstream schools. 
Examples of schools we’ve worked with:
St James, Barley Lane, Whipton Barton Junior School, Exminster Primary, The Spires College, West Exe, Lanscore Primary School.

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Group sessions

Our group sessions are run with a maximum ratio of 1:6 to ensure quality time can be spent with every student, while also encouraging a peer to peer element.

We provide two instructors for the session and your staff are welcome to stay, but this isn’t mandatory. Minimum booking of one school term.

Price per group

  • Full day (9.30am-2.30pm), £350 per day

Where

  • Exeter Forest School, Shillingford St George
  • Exmouth Forest School, Leeford Woods
  • Okehampton Forest School, Moyses Lane
  • Tiverton Forest School, The Adventure Playground, Cowleymoor
  • School sites – we can look at running groups from your setting. We would need to view the site and facilities to ensure this is possible. If work is required on site, we would discuss this with you and offer a quote for any work carried out. 

Schools we’ve worked with
St James, Barley Lane, Whipton barton Jnr School, The Spires Academy, Littleham Primary, Exmouth PSP, Okehampton College, Okehampton PSP, Westlands.

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Emergency intervention sessions

The Outdoors Group can provide emergency placements for students who need provision fast or require maximum flexibility. For example:

  • when a student is looking to reintegrate into a school environment after a fixed term, or permanent exclusion.
  • when a decision to exclude has been overturned.

We’re also aware of the demand for places at PRU settings and Independent Special Schools and we can provide a short term solution if spaces are hard to find.

Where
Emergency or short term provision can run from any of our Forest School sites.

Price
£250 per day (times as above). This price also applies to any provision that is less than a term’s length in agreement.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

If your school is inspired by what Forest School offers pupils, we run a number of Forest School Leader training courses and shorter CPD workshops for teachers.

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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Forest School and Off Site Alternative Provision is now listed in Devon County Council’s Graduated Response programme for SEND.

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School activity days & courses

We also run Forest School activity days and programmes for schools who want to introduce Forest School to all their pupils.

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