Among our core aims of Forest School is a drive to be as inclusive as possible. In 2018, we established our ‘Woodlanders’ Group to enable us to better integrate and meet the needs of neurodivergent learners. Running within our existing Home-Education groups, they provide attendees with an opportunity to enjoy forest school sessions in a group that celebrates and embraces our differences, assisted by a higher ratio of staff and a more specialist approach from our Therapeutic Forest School Leader.
Since this group began, we have supported home educated attendees, as well as children that are on roll at school, or flexi-schooled, working within EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) targets and desired outcomes to demonstrate progress within our sessions. We have also provided members of the home educated community with advice and guidance surrounding working towards acquiring EHCP’s and funding. From September 2022, we will be expanding our Woodlanders provision to our Forest Schools at Escot and Exmouth, and will be providing half termly progress reports, and coffee mornings for parents, carers, SENCOS and family surrounding our attendees.
This is not a provision for children who may require 1:1 support. For information about this, please visit the following link for our Transitional Learning Programme; https://www.outdoorsgroup.co.uk/transitional-learning-programme/
The Woodlanders runs from 9am – 3.30pm at Exmouth Forest School on Mondays and 9am- 3.30pm on Thursdays at Escot in term time.
The Woodlanders group runs alongside the main Home Education group at Exmouth Forest School but the presence of our Inclusion Lead, Seamo Teare, means that children who need additional support in this environment are able to access our forest school provision and integrate with other home educated children in the woods.
“I cannot praise Debbie highly enough for how she has helped and cared for my son since he started. Not only does he enjoy himself, he has developed and flourished. We are so grateful for her support and understanding – and the bond she has built with him.”
“The professional attitude and caring nature of the staff means I completely trust my children to your care and I know that they are developing and having a wonderful time in the forest.”
“Your relaxed (non judgemental) approach has helped with my son’s self confidence no end. To be in an environment with adults and not feel scared of them has been in such contrast to school. Thank you. So maybe it’s what you are not as well as what you are!”