Supporting Care Leavers and Children in Care

Alternative pathways to HE through a Forest School approach

The project aimed to use the Forest School methodology to address barriers to progression into higher education for care leavers and children in care. Phase one involved supporting care leavers to gain a Forest School Level 2 qualification and, in the process highlighting achievable pathways to continued studies at higher education in fields including environmental studies, education, forestry, sports or wellbeing. Phase two of the project aimed to involve the newly qualified care leavers as mentors for children in care, providing inspiration and support as they followed their own six-week Forest School programme and worked towards a Level 1 qualification.

Partners: Plumpton College and Brighton & Hove City Council

Funding source: Uni Connect (Innovation Fund)

SLN contact: Debra Vice-Holt

Duration: January 2019 to June 2019

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