Director | Strategy development Executive Working Group
Director | National Conference Director Representative
Together as a professional body of passionate learners we are providing a ‘grassroots’ voice for children, young people, families and outdoor educators within an increasingly ‘formal’ education system. Forest School offers a version of brave leadership much needed in our world today.
Director | Secretary | Research Portfolio
Director | Deputy Chair | Marketing & Social Media Portfolio
Director | Chair | Guidance and Bulletin Portfolio
Director | Local Groups Portfolio
Director | Acting Treasurer | National & International Portfolio
I currently am one of two directors of Children of the Forest (est. 2015) and Devon Forest Kindergarten (est. 2018) Children of the Forest operates the Ofsted registered kindergarten, toddler groups, home education groups and school projects. Children of the forest hosts around 100 visitors at our private woodland each week. I am also a host of ‘The Forest School Podcast’ which discusses research, interviews and contemporary issues as they relate to Forest School. I’ve been espousing the values of the FSA through ‘the Forest School Podcast’ in order to promote the FSA as a resource as well as to support and advise the community of leaders worldwide.
This summer I will also be embarking on my first cohort of level 3 students through OCNWM and am looking forward to exploring my new role as a trainer. My passion for Forest school and its community has already led me to speak in many public settings about forest school education and how it can benefit children. I am very excited to take up the responsibilities of a Director and to work alongside existing director and the wider FS community to develop our ethos, resources and ethos.
I’m a teacher in a state primary school, where I have been running the Forest School and outdoor learning programmes for 10 years. I currently teach 3 days a week, leaving the other days to fill with my own freelance Forest School and Bushcraft provision for a range of other schools, colleges and family groups. I work with children aged 2 to 92, sharing my passion of ancient skills, woodland preservation and management, outdoor cooking and messy play in our often overlooked natural environment.
I started my Forest School training whilst working at an SEN school in Oxfordshire that specialised in the education of high functioning Autistic students. Here, I was able to see the true benefits of engaging students in the Forest School principles and the benefit to their mental health.
I am passionate about engaging young people in the outdoors – and keen to work with the FSA to develop practice at Secondary Level.