Quality Forest School has six key principles that shape and govern the Forest School ethos. There are many forms of outdoor education and all have enormous value, however, Forest School is unique in its reach, delivery and effect. These six principles are:
1. Is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
2. Takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
3. Uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
4. Aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
5. Offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
6. Is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.