Archimedes Earth and Forest Schools Education (FSE) Founder and CEO Sarah Blackwell recently spent time in China developing partnerships and introducing the Concept of Forest Schools Education in China to delegates at the International Montessori Association Conference, to University Principles, to Students, to Early Years Professionals and Outdoor Centre Managers. The trip was arranged by highly recognised and well regarded Chinese Business Owners and Early Years Trainers
The Global Focus of Archimedes Earth is to introduce the concept of Forest Schools Education worldwide.
FSE seeks to expand the ethos and aims of its unique and transformational educational model Forest Schools. Forest Schools have been running in the UK since its inception in 1994 and is now widely accepted in the UK. Inspired by the strong cultural outdoor history in the UK and compliment by the Scandinavian education system.
There are many research findings and anecdotal evidence to show high levels of success and increased wellbeing of learners and this development of higher levels of self-confidence improves performance levels in school and life.
The Archimedes Forest Schools Education Model and ethos is largely based on the importance of nature as a teaching tool and medium, the understanding of the trained practitioners in supporting unique learning styles, multiple intelligences, schemas and other child development techniques.
This approach to education has been developed to encompass and exemplify the work of educational theorists, developmental psychologists and other leaders of education and learning. The highly influential and scientific pedologist Maria Montessori, others such as Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner and Vygotsky have all provided a strong base for children to learn through and from nature and it is these individuals whose work threads through the amazing work of the Archimedes Forest Schools Model.
The successes of Archimedes Forest Schools Model, having now reached a global scale, is based upon research that demonstrates that when practitioners adopt independent, child lead learning philosophies, that children are able to experience greater opportunities of self exploration, self discovery and a much more successful learning experience. Research shows that this way of working can develop creativity, problem solving and mastery for effectively and efficiently than one that is rigid and teacher lead.
Thus the principles of Forest Schools encourages an outdoor natural learning environment, loose parts and an environment that offers multi-sensory experiences and opportunities where children are recognised as unique and this individuality is cherished and supported, whilst developing a sense of respect, accommodation, empty and nurture for others and the culture that practitioners work within.
Archimedes Earth is committed to supporting you through consultancy, educational lectures, Public speaking events, and meetings with those within schools, government and official positions in China. We are the Experts in our field, no one has been training longer that our staff, we have a combined culmination of over 75 years in the field!
Our expertise extends to speaking with Government Officials, Ambassadors, Education Ministers, Environmental Ministers, Research Fellows, University Professors and principles and through our professional and experienced team, supporting press conferences and informational seminars to a wide range of individuals and groups within the educational sector.
The unprecedented level of interest experienced by the Archimedes Forest Schools Model in Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Beijing, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US shows how the need for a global understanding of a range of cultures and educational influences can support children learning and educational development in an every changing world. Parents, teachers and educational providers are iincreasingly open minded with a desire to education and support their children academically though innovative, but proven systems for their children.
We are building ever increasingly important relationships with Education Companies, Early Years Providers, Colleges and Parents. We offer a full package of support and this is delivered, as in other nations, in three very separate but distinct ways.
Firstly: We work in collaboration with companies and individuals who are in the process of developing schools or early years settings form inception to delivery and we ensure that the central ethos, curriculum, setting, environment and education of their entire establishment can be modelled towards delivering the Archimedes Forest Schools Education Model. We also support with the Archimedes Forest Schools Quality Mark.
Secondly: For those settings and Schools already established and wanting to train staff in the Forest Schools ethos our experts, qualified and experienced Forest Schools trainers come from the UK to China and deliver our specialised and highly successful training course at the setting of your choice. All course content, resources and learning resources are fully translated so all Chinese teachers ands students have a full and complete knowledge and understanding of the course and the requirements.
Thirdly: If you are a setting or school or organisation in China who has a cohort of students – students teachers, or nursery teacher – up to 20 at a time then you can come to the UK to participate in our training course here in the UK. (it is possible at the same time as attending the Archimedes Forest School Training Course, clients can get an opportunity to explore the wonders of the UK and receive additional English Language training if required.
We are the most experiences in the Forest Schools arena. We have trained over 6500 teachers worldwide and we want to work with you.
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