The Forest School Association, the UK’s professional body and voice for all things Forest School, has launched a scheme for recognising Forest School Providers who are following good Forest School practice. This is the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme. The first successful applicants have been added to the publicly accessible map and database.
Gareth Wyn Davies (CEO of the Forest School Association) says,
“Good Forest School practice is being followed by dedicated Forest School professionals all over the UK. We believe that the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme will provide these schools and organisations with the means of demonstrating the quality of their work to parents and those who fund their work. It will also help promote their work as they will be found on the FSA publicly searchable map. Forest School is a distinct learning approach based on a set of 6 principles. Our new Recognised Forest School Provider scheme will help people identify those providers who are following good Forest School practice and distinguish them from outdoor and woodland education that are not Forest School.”
The FSA page for FSA recognised Forest School Providers says:
“Find a Forest School. The schools and other organisations mapped and listed below have all demonstrated that they are providing Forest School programmes in line with the 6 principles of Forest School OR Introductory Programmes (of a shorter duration). As such they are recognised by the FSA as being Forest School Providers. The FSA does not quality assure their Forest School practice.”