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Forest School principles

The Forest School ethos has six key principles, which were agreed by the UK Forest School community in 2011.

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The six principles of Forest School

MFL2001

Principle 1

Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

MFL2002

Principle 2

Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

MFL2003

Principle 3

Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

MFL2004

Principle 4

Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

MFL2005

Principle 5

Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

MFL2006

Principle 6

Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

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