Poole Harbour from Arne by Sue Macpherson ARPS

Summary and Outcomes

This aimed to inspire and encourage young people to value their landscape through forging strong links with the formal education sector. The Wild Purbeck Education Service was offered through the Jurassic Coast Team. Schools were offered two hour “twilight” (after school) sessions to enable teachers to learn about how nature, wildlife and geology could help to deliver the new Primary and Secondary National Curriculum.

This was attended by 55 teachers from 8 schools in Purbeck. Through the twilight sessions, work has been undertaken to ensure that the senior leadership are on board to develop a whole school ethos approach towards integrating nature and wildlife into curriculum planning. Feedback from schools attending was extremely positive.

Winfrith Heath School

During year 2, an opportunity arose to reallocate some WPNIA funding which enabled 4 schools to put forward teachers to receive Level 1 Forest School training. At Lulworth and Winfrith Primary School, the school was so impressed with the benefits of this training that they funded the teacher to qualify for Level 3 leader status. He attended the NIA Annual Forum in 2014 to showcase his work, and has visited the USA on an exchange.

Highlights and challenges

Good links have been made between the schools programme and the Community Gateway, as well as the Past Arts project. The Forest School training was used as an NIA social and economic benefits case study.

What next?

Wild Purbeck will be working with the Forest Schools teacher from Lulworth and Winfrith to set up twilight sessions with Purbeck schools on how Forest Schools ethos can be integrated into curriculum planning. There is also an opportunity to include wildlife and outdoor provision within a new school being built at Lulworth.

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