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

Overall, studies of transitional learning programmes 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

Forest School and outdoor transitional learning can help learners re-engage by improving mental health, self-confidence, resilience, and self-esteem. Also proven to build and maintain positive relationships with peers, social groups and trusted adults. We have found that learners gain an ability to access, understand, and appropriately display feelings. Learners also develop coping strategies for behaviour and learning.

Over the last 4 years we have built and continue to maintain an eminent reputation for supporting learners from primary to post-16; who have struggled, or are struggling with, educational engagement.

We have a highly experienced and qualified team of forest school workers, who liaise closely with the Local Authority, schools, parents and carers to ensure integrated support for each of our learners. Throughout our transitional programmes we work on matching learners and staff appropriately, developing and achieving bespoke, key targets for learners and supporting the social and emotional development of learners, with the aim of eventual reintegration into learning environments.



We work with learners who may be at risk of Permanent Exclusion (PEX) or had fixed term exclusions. They often need support for other reasons such as behavioural difficulties or social and emotional issues.


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.


The Outdoors Group understands there is an obligation to report when funding transitional learning programmes. We will provide full due diligence paperwork to schools engaging with our provision. 


The Outdoors Group can provide emergency placements for learners who need provision quickly or require maximum flexibility.

Our Transitional Programme Staff

Our team of Transitional Programme Workers are all DBS checked, first aid certified for outdoor learning, and fully qualified and experienced to work with vulnerable learners in the outdoors. Our staff place the wellbeing and positive development of each learner as a priority in every session and, 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 learners using our services and the need to help protect them. We also know the importance of effective communication with schools and have excellent systems in place to ensure this works well for all involved, including contributing to the Team Around the Family (TAF).

Amanda Leach

Amanda has been working in the education system for about ten years both in America and England as well as directing outdoor adventure activities at summer camps in America. She enjoys bringing her passion for supporting diverse learners to the outdoors. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing and walking her dog in the countryside.

Mike (Bubs) Wale
TLP Worker

“Bubs” is from a military background but he moved into education upon his retirement. He has been responsible for several successful educational programmes and has a real passion for teaching and learning. He currently delivers TLP, Adult provision and Schools outreach.
His spare time is taken up with introducing his grandchildren to the great outdoors.

Frank James
TLP Worker

Frank is a highly experienced programme worker and has been with the Outdoors Group for over 3 years. He works on a 1-2-1 basis supporting students with varying and sometimes complex additional needs.
With an extensive career of working with young people, a love of nature and the outdoors, Frank is a perfect fit for this role. He draws on his experience within formal education and youth work alongside therapeutic roles.
Frank is not only a professional quiz master, he has 4 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 dogs and not forgetting the 4 chickens!

Jimi Neary
Senior TLP Worker

Jim works with young people on the TLP program which he really enjoys, especially watching the development of the students as they become accustomed to a different educational setting, learning new skills and coping mechanisms. Jim has many years of experience in educational and residential placements, and really appreciates the benefits of working in the forest, for staff as well as students, to reconnect with nature. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, reading and writing.

Hannah Sutton
TLP Key worker

I work for the Transitional Learning Programme (TLP) providing 1:1 sessions full of fun activities and lots of campfire cooking. I have a degree in Conservation Biology and used to volunteer at Paignton Zoo. My number 1 hobby is crochet and I love making all kinds of things, especially cosy blankets.

Ben Seward
1:1 Outdoors Key Worker

I work in the Transitional Learning Programme providing 1:1 support for our learners. I have worked in outdoor education and pursuits for 5 years and I strongly believe in the value of nature as a place for development and discovery. I enjoy music, kayaking and mountain biking.

Gary Cargill
TLP Worker

I work in TLP helping children with behavioural and special needs to learn new skills and provide them with a safe environment in which they can grow. I previously worked in outdoors activities teaching kids rock-climbing, kayaking, archery and other outdoors pursuits.
I love anything outdoors and have a real interest in self sufficiency, so I enjoy making things from carving to jam making and taking my family out on walks to see what we can forage.

Fran Lloyd
TLP Worker

Fran delivers forest school fun at Exmouth and with the Transitional Learning Programme. With a degree in Global Development and Sustainability and as a qualified yoga teacher, she has a passion for nurturing connection with the natural environment! Fran has worked with young people for many years teaching singing workshops, running youth groups and teaching English around the world, and loves to be out and about inspiring a love of the great outdoors. In her free time she loves exploring the countryside and growing veg on the allotment!

Sarah Webb
TLP Worker
Sheridan Couch
1:1 Outdoors Key worker

I have just joined the TLP team as a 1:1 Keyworker, based in Exeter and Okehampton. I worked for twenty years as a PE teacher before starting with The Outdoors Group. As a PE teacher I have always loved playing all sports, and I now enjoy watching sports, particularly cricket, rugby and hockey which my two sons play. Getting to work outdoors each day with children in the fresh air in a forest environment is a job I know I will thoroughly enjoy.

Linda Stephenson
TLP Administrator

As the Transitional Learning Programme Administrator, I aim to keep the provision running smoothly and to help you with whatever query you have. I have been working in and around education for more than 20 years, in several different countries including the UK, Poland, Spain and Colombia. In my free time, I’m happiest when baking or working on a creative project.

Rosie McGeorge
TLP Worker
Beth Rennoldson
TLP Worker

Beth works as part of the transitional learning team, which involves working in the woods as a 1:1 Keyworker. She previously worked as an outdoors instructor in climbing and watersports. She loves paddle-boarding in her free time.

Get in Touch

We offer a number of options for learners and have listed our standard programmes above. We understand all learners’ needs are different so we often tailor a bespoke programme to an individual learner.

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 Transitional Learning Programme. It remains the referral agency’s responsibility to organise transport for learners to and from our Forest School sites.

For visits and enquiries, please contact our Transitional Learning Programme administrator on 07719 103200 or email tlp@outdoorsgroup.co.uk

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