Giving Compass’ Take:
• Initial studies of forest schools and nurseries in London are revealing benefits such as helping to develop children’s teamwork skills, indicating promising potential for outdoor education.
• What are the other benefits of outdoor education on child development?
• Read about the success of the green schoolyard movement.
An academic has called for more research into the benefits of outdoor learning as demand for forest nurseries rises in parts of London.
In general, we need a more evidence-based approach to education.
Children at forest schools and nurseries spend all day, every day, outside whatever the weather. As the method gains popularity, one London nursery revealed it has 2,100 children on its waiting list.
University College London’s Prof Pasco Fearon said rigorous studies must test if forest schooling “really works”. Forest nurseries develop children’s teamwork skills, an initial study by Loughborough University has shown.
In response to the rise in forest schooling in parts of the city, Prof Fearon said: “We need rigorous research to test whether it really works. But he agreed fresh air and adventure were better for children’s wellbeing than the stresses of a classroom.
Read the full article on outdoor education at BBC
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