The History of Forest School in the UK

In recent years we have seen the development of the Forest School Practice across the UK. However, the development of the programme is related to a love of outdoor that has been seen across the UK and the rest of Europe for hundreds of years. The ethos of the Forest School System developed from a early philosophers, naturalists and educators influences. The programme found its roots in the 1990s where research into ‘alternative’ educational models was popular, following the teacher/outcome approach encouraged by the release of the UK National Curriculum. Below you will find a timeline of events that led to the Forest School we love today. The information within the table was researched from the Forest School Associations website (Click here to visit).