The Wilderness Schooling programme typically:
- takes place over 6 weeks
- with a full day session each week
- led by a qualified team of practitioners
- at an outdoor location
- within a 30 minute drive of the school.
The location is likely to be a National Trust property. There is usually an indoor base at each site.
Planning your Wilderness Schooling programme
After an initial meeting, you select a group of 15 pupils in KS2, along with a class teacher from their year group, to take part in the programme. The teacher will be integral to the success of the Wilderness School programme.
We’ll assign you a Wilderness Schooling teacher, who will arrange a second meeting with the participating teacher. The order and specific content of sessions will be determined through discussion between the Wilderness School teacher and the class teacher to reflect and support work going on in school. We’ll also collect information about the pupils to help us build up a picture of the group.
Evaluation and feeback
Over the course of the Wilderness Schooling programme, the Wilderness School teacher and the participating school teacher will stay in close contact. Lesson plans and activities will be e-mailed in advance each week and there will be regular opportunities for feedback and evaluation.
Health and safety
The Wilderness School teacher will prepare a site based Risk Assessment in advance of the first session. This will be sent to the participating teacher at the school, with a hard copy available on site for each session. This may include an additional site specific Risk Assessment provided by the relevant National Trust Site. Additional, updated Risk Assessments will be provided through the programme as and when necessary.
Wilderness School teachers and facilitators hold certificates in paediatric first aid, and a basic first aid kit will be available. In some cases a site-based first aider may also be available.
The school’s existing school visits policies and procedures will apply to Wilderness Schooling sessions. The school will be covered by its own insurance policy regarding school visits. Wilderness School teachers and facilitators will also have personal liability insurance.
Wilderness Schooling holds as its highest priorities the health, safety and welfare of all children.