Education After completing my teacher training in secondary science, I became disenchanted with teaching in the classroom environment.
I have worked in the outdoor education sector for 22 years through environmental education sustainability, conservation and experimental archeology. I am keen for children to get out more and experience the wonderful world around them. Children are told it’s dirty or that activities are too dangerous. Outdoor education provides a supported environment in which to explore and take controlled risks whilst learning more about the world around them, this will inevitably mean kids getting a little muddy which is fine!.
Classroom learning doesn’t suit all children, a hands on approach helps them shine.
In recent years the forest schools approach to outdoor education has become very popular. In 2014 I qualified as a level 3 forest schools practitioner and am massively enthused by this child led and centred, play based approach to learning.
I am available to deliver all sorts of bespoke sessions.
- Birthday parties
- Rural crafts / tool use tuition.
- Ancient history show and tell, Stone age, Bronze age, Iron age, Viking.
- Guided ancient walks
- Wildlife walks and foraging walks
- Custom education sessions at a location of your choosing.
- School grounds structures including roundhouses, engaging children in the process.
- Alternative building techniques.
I hold weekly sessions of forest school based activities, helping a forest school in Chettle and used to run a weekly session with years Nursery-3 at Clayesmore school. I also occasionally work as a tutor at the Ancient technology centre in Cranborne
Training I am available to book for training sessions in Roundhouse construction, hedge laying, green wood working, coppice management, camp craft and basic bushcraft.
I have worked at Milton abbey school teaching Woodland management and green woodworking to six form students, at Kingston Maurward college and Equilibrium in Sturminster Newton Lecturing in Conservation and have delivered training courses for the Ancient technology centre, RSPB and Wildlife trust in Hedge laying and have taught green woodworking crafts to volunteers at Carymoor outdoor education centre.