This project seeks to establish an achievable pathway to HE for Care Leavers and Children in Care through an inspirational community of education using a Forest School teaching methodology and accredited qualifications.

Throughout the programme both the Care Leavers and the Children in Care will learn a wide range of dynamic woodland based skills and traditional craft;, woodland ecology and woodland management and students will be supported in empowering themselves in their own learning and abilities whilst supporting mental health and well-being, and providing a community of support.

The programme will be delivered in two phases:

Phase 1 – Care Leavers engaging in a pathway to HE

The aim for Care Leavers will be to re-engage these young people in their education through a dynamic and rich Forest School programme creating a positive attitude to education whilst achieving their Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants. As part of the eight week programme (1 day per week) it is hoped that the students will continue to progress by using their qualifications and skills learned during phase 1 to help support and mentor learners in phase 2.

Phase 2 – Children in Care and Care Leavers creating a community of educational aspiration

The second phase of this project will focus on Care Leavers supporting the delivery of a 6 week Forest School Programme (1 day per week) to a group of Children in Care. This part of the project aims to develop a community of support and aspiration for achievement in education with Care Leavers acting in the role of mentors to the Children in Care. Mentors that may have many shared experiences will provide an invaluable support and inspiration for those still in the care system. Showcasing how Care Leavers are following a rewarding educational pathway to HE will support a mind-set of HE achievement for Children in Care. Any of Children in Care, 14 years or older, will have the opportunity to gain a Level 1 Award in Introduction to Forest School, establishing a step on a pathway their peers have followed.

Project Partners: Plumpton College and Brighton & Hove City Council


For further information please email our Innovation Fund Project Manager, Debra Vice-Holt