Journeys To Outstanding: How Forest School Can Help Schools Be The Best They Can Be

May 14, 2013

in Forest School Training, News

Jo Liversidge of Nature's Footprints delivering her Forest School workshop at the Whole Education Regional Conference

Nature’s Footprints’, Jo Liversidge, is today speaking at the Whole Education Regional Conference in Bradford, Journeys To Outstanding.

Jo is attending in her role as an accredited Archimedes Forest School Trainer and is presenting a case study and practical workshop on how Forest Schools and outdoor learning can help give schools the edge when they working towards an Ofsted grade of Outstanding.

Jo will be sharing her experiences of working in Infant and Nursery Schools that have achieved an Outstanding grade and where her work was noted in the Ofsted report as being central to that result:

‘The Forest Garden is the jewel in the school’s crown.  The outdoor wonderland captures the imagination of pupils and adults alike and is enormously successful in encouraging first-hand learning.  In addition, it contributes impressively to pupils’ physical and emotional well-being  helping them to solve problems and face the many challenges to life outside school.’

‘ The outstanding curriculum supports teaching and learning exceptionally well.  Forest School, especially uses the school’s truly wonderful outdoor environment to stimulate pupils’ skills in inquiry and creativity.  At every opportunity in everything they do, pupils are encouraged to explain verbally and in writing, their thoughts and ideas.’

She currently works in and advises a range of schools on improving their provision via Forest School, particularly in Early Years, and working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

In conjunction with Archimedes, she also offers Forest School Training for teachers.  The training ranges from Level 1 which allows them to introduce some of the ethos and ideas behind Forest School and outdoor learning in their own schools, to Level 3 which allows them to set up and run Forest Schools within school for themselves.  These courses are generally held at Jo’s base in Beaumont Park in Huddersfield.

The next available courses are:

  • 24th-28th June 2013 – Level 3 Training – a 5-day course with follow-up assessment week in January 2014.  This course enables you to become a fully qualified Forest School Practitioner and plan and deliver your own Forest School Programmes.
  • 8th-12th July 2013 – Level 2 Training – a 5-day course which allows you to assist in Forest School Programmes.
  • 23-27th September 2013 – Level 3 Training – as above with an assessment week in March 2014.

Teachers Trying Forest School Activities at the Whole Education Regional Conference with Jo Liversidge or Nature's FootprintsFor further details, download a flyer.


Or to book, please contact Jo on 07843 673 011,


For further details about Archimedes and other accredited courses, please see





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