Forest School Leader, Rachel Robinson

Touch the Sky Forest Schools is a Forest School based in Stalybridge, Manchester.

Rachel Robinson is a Level 3 Forest School Leader. She is an experienced environmental educator, having previously worked with the the Wildlife Trust and RSPB on their education programmes. She has a full DBS check and qualifications in outdoor, paediatric and workplace first aid. She holds a degree in Environmental Biology andĀ is also a qualified Teaching Assistant with four years experience of working in primary schools, including three years of assisting and deliveringĀ Forest School.

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

So Forest Schools will aim to develop:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Regulation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Empathy
  • Good social communication skills
  • Independence
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

This video from Surrey County Council gives you more information: