There appears to be a lack of evaluative reports Forest Schools Practitioners working on long term programmes with the secondary and adolescent period of maturity.
There are many professionals working very effectively with this age group in a range of settings and with great success.
Much feedback of these types of programmes is anecdotal and though this is useful there is an increased need to be able to encourage those on the SMT or Governors where academic success is seen to be the main aim of this sage in the education system
For many young people there has been a delay in the process of normal maturation and as result they are functioning at a much earlier age in some areas of their holistic development (physical, intellectual, linguistic/language, emotional, social and spiritual understanding) than would be anticipated.
The report highlights many areas of development and many areas of immature behaviours being reduced and replaced my more socially acceptable ones in their place.