Forest School Awards
Promoting inspirational outdoor learning

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Does your school want to become a Forest School?
A series of NIFSA promotional events

The Northern Ireland Forest School Association (NIFSA), is the lead organisation in developing and delivering Forest School programmes throughout Northern Ireland. An independent charity set up in 2008.

Forest School sessions take place either within your own school grounds, your local Council Park or woodland. You do not need hundreds of acres of ancient forest to get involved or travel miles by minibus to find a suitable site.

Forest Schools have been shown to improve pupils' physical and mental health, develop greater self-confidence, improve speech and communication and encourage greater team work and creative thinking skills. The Education Training Inspectorate have observed NIFSA Forest School sessions and have welcomed their inclusion in the school curriculum. It is an ideal way to deliver the World Around Us and 95% of other curriculum related topics.

NIFSA have worked with over 50 Nursery and Primary Schools across Northern Ireland, supported over 24,000 pupils learning outside the classroom and awarded Forest School Leader Level 3 qualifications to over 25 teachers.

NIFSA is holding a series of promotional events in different Council areas. The events will focus on...

1. the Forest School Awards. An opportunity to get free Forest School training through your local Council. - Link to Home page

2. the Distance Learning Forest School Programme - an affordable method to become a Forest School. - Link to Distance Learning page

3. Learning About Forests (LEAF) - NIFSA is the National Operator in Northern Ireland for delivering LEAF. Eco-Schools complimentary programme. As an extra bonus, schools will receive LEAF accreditation through undertaking the Forest School Programme.

4. NIFSA Membership - getting qualified as a Forest School is only the beginning of your journey. Find out about becoming a NIFSA Member.

All events are scheduled to take place at 1.30pm.
DateCouncil AreaSchool
Thu Sep 14th 2017Causeway Coast and Glens Borough CouncilMill Strand Integrated Primary School
Thu Sep 21st 2017Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough CouncilWaringstown Primary School
Thu Sep 28th 2017Ards and North Down Borough CouncilHolywood, Steiner School
Thu Oct 5th 2017Mid and East Antrim Borough CouncilCarrick Central Primary School
Thu Oct 12th 2017Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough CouncilFairview Primary School
Thu Oct 19th 2017Belfast City CouncilHazelwood Integrated Primary School
Thu Oct 26th 2017Newry, Mourne and Down District CouncilDownpatrick Nursery
Thu Nov 2nd 2017Derry City and Strabane District CouncilSt Columbas PS - Newbuildings
NIFSA is hoping to organise promotional events in the other Council areas.

Please select the event you wish to register for above and complete your contact details...

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