Kirklees Forest School Network

KFS NetworkThank you to everyone who took the time to fill in our questionnaire and give us some feedback at the Network Launch event in May.  If you didn’t manage to fill one in and would like to, you can do that here: Kirklees Forest School Network Questionnaire

In the meantime, here’s a quick summary of the results so far:

  • 33 people completed the questionnaire
  • Everyone was interested in joining the network and everyone felt that the membership fee was good value and affordable.
  • Everyone was interested in networking and social events
  • Nearly everyone (32) was interested in CPD, including Outdoor Food Hygiene and Outdoor First Aid (and if anyone desperately needs to renew or complete their First Aid qualification we’ve got a few places left on a course running on 15th & 16th July)
  • Most people were interested in being able to harvest resources from Council-owned sites  (27) and finding out more about using Council-owned land (22)
  • Most people were also interested in joining or finding out more about West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance Forest School and Outdoor Learning Network
  • 19 people worked in school, 14 worked in an organisation that delivers Forest School, 23 were qualified Forest School Practitioners and 7 were training.  2 people were self-employed
  • 6 people expressed an interest in being involved in the August event at Greenhead Park
  • 5 people felt they could offer something to the Network (such as training, labour or a visit to their site)
  • Peoples ideas for what they wanted from the Network included:
    • help with grants
    • Early Years ideas
    • a resources and kit centre
    • ongoing support – some people felt that their training hadn’t supported them enough
    • skills days and ideas
    • help with session planning
    • site visits
    • workshops
    • help with planting
    • ideas for babies
    • skills shares & sharing best practice – being part of a community that generates support and training for itself
    • development of practical skills – basket weaving, storytelling, willow, bushcraft, fires, knots, whittling, cooking
    • refreshers and deepening knowledge and experience as a Level 3 (and perhaps moving towards something higher like Level 4, but not as a training qualification)
    • contacts and networking – some people felt isolated working on their own in schools
    • curriculum links
    • help with paperwork
    • an annual get-together

What we’ll do now, is try and take this information and create a full programme of events for the new School Year and start sending out details of how to sign up.  And if you’ve got any more ideas or feedback, let us know….

Lisa Holmes –, 07976 813409

Jo Liversidge –, 07843 673011

Andy Goff –, 07964 134645



Kirklees Forest School Network Launch – How Did It Go?

July 6, 2017

Summary of the Evening Thank you to everyone who came to our Kirklees Forest School Network launch on 10th May at Beaumont Park or who expressed an interest in finding out more.  The event went really well, with around 50 people attending (including representatives from Kirklees Council, Friends of Beaumont Park, and Pennine Prospects who came […]

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Invitation to Promote Forest School at a Summer Event in Greenhead Park

July 6, 2017

Do We Want to Promote Kirklees Forest School Network? As one of our first events as Kirklees Forest School Network, we have been invited to take part in a Charity Fete in Greenhead Park on Sunday 13th August 2017.  The event is being organised by Natural Kirklees, Friends of Greenhead Park and the Parks and Greenspaces Team […]

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Do You Need to Renew Your First Aid Certificate?

July 6, 2017

A Few Places Left for 16-Hour ITC Outdoor First Aid on 15th and 16th July 2017. Don’t forget that your First Aid certificate needs to be renewed every 3 years – and because we run accredited Forest School training and offer Outdoor First Aid as part of the package, you can always contact us to find […]

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Kirklees Forest School Network Launch

March 30, 2017

Do you live or work in Kirklees and are trained, training or working in Forest School? If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d like to invite you to join us for a cuppa and a cake and to talk about a new Kirklees Forest School Network. The network is being set up and run in partnership with […]

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