Latest from the FEN

You can read the latest Forest Education Network [FEN] update here. FEN began in 2012, and seeks to engage young people by supporting education in forest and woodland settings.  It also promotes networking and sharing practice, and facilitates communication between sectors and practitioners. FEN is hosted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).

Energy in the USA

The USA has signed up to the Paris Agreement, but doing what it has pledged will be hard work – as it will be in the UK. For anyone teaching about all this, the Washington Post has produced some great graphics which you will find here.  These show how each State generated its electricity in…

More wildlife or tests?

Which do our 7 year-olds need most, asks Ben Fogle in a recent Guardian article. He begins: Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far our exam obsession has come. Our kids now face constant assessment as politicians attempt to measure the success of schools. Children have become tiny cogs in a box-ticking…

Birmingham’s Wildest Schools

Three primary schools were crowned Birmingham’s wildest schools at the Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark in Small Heath at a special event late last year to celebrate learning about nature. TV personality, naturalist and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts’ Forest Schools project, Nick Baker, presented the awards to the three schools and also spent time exploring the wildlife…