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The History of Forest Schools

The History of Forest School


Although the Forest School approach seems  quite a new concept in the UK, its roots can actually be seen in the development of outdoor learning dating back to the early 19th Century. This is evident in the scouting movement and development of Outdoor Education centers around the country.


In the early 90's alternative approaches to education started to be explored. Through visiting other countries, notably Scandinavia, professionals witnessed the impact of an 'Open Air Culture,' on children's emotional development and learning.


These philosophies and practices were adopted by settings across the UK and it is from this that the concept of Forest Schools emerged.   


Forest School Association- 2019







Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates, Chertsey,
  • Surrey, KT16 8HT,
  • United Kingdom
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