Key Stage 3:
The Key Stage 3 Forest College is a 30 week that programme runs one day per week within the college academic year.
The programme is designed to help young people feel good about themselves and their abilities, and to encourage relaxation, lower anxiety and build resilience. Time spent outdoors lowers cortisol levels, lowers blood pressure and stimulates the immune system.
Our courses are personalised for individuals to develop confidence, independence and employability skills. This is done through a range of bushcraft and creative craft activities both individually and as part of a team. Students will work in small groups with a maximum of 8 students.
There are no formal qualifications in the programme and very little time will be spent on paperwork or traditional learning.
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All outcomes are based on “compassionate classroom” principles, this means that we work with our young people to achieve the following:
- Create a physical and emotional safe space
- Establish predictability in terms of routine and behaviour expectations
- Build a sense of trust
- Offer choices and empowerment
- Stay regulated – help young people to be able to learn and to be the best that they can
We aim where possible and appropriate to build a successful transition back into education for Forest College KS3 graduates and we will support our students to achieve relevant outcomes on their Education, Health and Care Plan.
The Key Stage 3 programme is designed to be flexible, to engage young people with learning, and to promote resilience and self-belief. It is a 30-week programme, but because there are no formal qualifications, it is possible for students to enrol later in the academic year, or to have a long transition onto the programme if required.