Education and Childcare T Level Students Create Forest School Area

In September we launched the Education and Early Years Career Excellence Hub, which focuses on future employability and developing the skills needed to have a successful career.

In Education and Early Years there has been an increasing emphasis of Forest Schools within the curriculum. It offers a unique educational experience using the outdoor environment as a classroom, which can increase a child's confidence and self-esteem through exploration, problem solving, and being encouraged to learn how to assess and take appropriate risks depending on their environment ... This motivation can have a positive impact on their attitude to future learning.

As we aim to develop the skills our learners need to be successful in the industry, we are creating a Forest School area at the South West Skills Campus.

Projects such as help to immerse our learners in the local community and grow their understanding of the local landscape and the impact of social action. We love seeing our learners developing their understanding on how to teach younger generations about the great outdoors and how to protect it. With each campus committed to becoming Net Zero by 2030, Weston College is creating brighter and greener future for our community.

This week our T Level students have been helping, whilst developing their knowledge around risk assessments; outdoor learning; activities with children and how the outdoor learning environment can promote positive attitudes and learning dispositions. It has been a great way of putting theory into practice and building teamwork.

Millicent said: "Working outdoors has really helped everyone work as a team", Bethany added: "It's interesting to see how some people are the planners whilst others are more hands on. It's nice how we all have our strengths, get along and work together."

As part of the #LoveOurColleges Week, we are pleased to share some photos for you to see what is going on.

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students gardening
Students cutting bamboo
forest school


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