Quality · Process · Learning · Skills
These are the four guiding principles that FSTC has rallied around from the start. The enormous potential of Forest School - but more importantly, the huge responsibility - of working with a group of children or young people over an extended period of time is too great to treat with anything other than the utmost seriousness and repect. As such, it is the learner who drives what we offer as Forest School Trainers.
The Forest School Training Company was originally set up by Gordon Woodall (one of the pioneers of Forest School in the UK) and Simon Shakespeare (an established Forest School leader and experienced trainer and permaculture designer) to respond to the growing demand for Forest School training throughout the UK.
In 2005, Gordon decided to dedicate himself full-time to running his outdoor learning centre in Somerset and so FSTC was taken over by Simon and his wife Marijke. Since then they have strived to deliver an increasingly contemporary and relevant training package, but more importantly continue to inspire future Forest School leaders with the original ethos of true, child-centred learning in the outdoors.
Over the course of the past few years we have successfully trained in the region of 1300 Forest School students (see testimonials below), many of whom have gone on to set up and deliver innovative Forest School projects either independently or within their existing professional capacity.
We are also very involved with The Forestry Commission, The Forest Education Initiative and The Institute for Outdoor Learning in pursuing the establishment of a nationally-recognised Quality Assurance scheme for Forest School. This is intended to ensure the continuing quality and standardisation of delivery of Forest School throughout the UK.