forest school training for the 21st century

From Spring 2018, The Hive will be offering accredited Forest School Training to practitioners looking for a thoroughly modern approach to Forest School. We will provide Levels 2 Forest School Assistant and Level 3 Forest School Leader training, accredited through National Awarding Organisation OCNWM, one of the most experienced Forest School Accreditation providers in the UK.

The training will focus on delivering high quality Forest School in urban environments and will be supplemented by 6 modules unique to The Hive:

1. Using Forest School to deliver effective environmental education
2. The benefits of technology and game-led learning in Forest School
3. Delivering the STEM Curriculum through Forest School
4. Leveraging Forest School to support Literacy
5. Delivering the Arts Curriculum through Forest School
6. Enhancing your D&T provision through Forest School

We will also offer Inset Day training sessions for schools keen to explore fresh and innovative ways to engage their pupils in Forest School, with a focus on supporting environmental sustainability school programmes. 



Nicola McKnight

Nikki is a qualified primary school teacher who has taught in a variety of primary schools in London for 20 years, as a classroom teacher and subject leader. More recently she has been working as a nursery practitioner within outdoor nursery settings.  She is a Level 3 Forest school practitioner with a certificate in Outdoor First Aid and Paediatric First Aid. 

Her passion is driven by supporting children and adults to experience the benefits of regular learning experiences within a local natural environment. She loves being in a woodland space and enjoys helping others discover the beauty and joy of being part of that natural world using exploration and self directed play. Nikki is driven by the belief that we can all become the resilient, courageous and lifelong learners we would all like to be and that a life outdoors can play a fundamental part of helping us on that journey. 



Stave Hill Ecological Park
Timber Pond Road (behind Bacons College)
London, SE16 6AX

Stave Hill Ecological Park is managed by TCV Urban Ecology as a nature reserve, educational facility, research area and place of recreation. The Park has been designed and managed to form a mosaic of grassland, woodland, scrub and wetland habitats which support a wide variety of wildlife.

This mosaic of habitats have been created from scratch by sowing and planting the poor soil. In some places it has been improved or altered by the addition of sand, spent mushroom compost and a variety of mulches. The Park is intensively managed to conserve the wide variety of wildlife that colonised the area during the years the docks lay derelict and provide a haven for some of the species that lived here before humans so changed the land.