Branching Out Training is the result of many years of experience in delivering forest school at primary level. Our journey began over seven years ago at Upton Heath Church of England Primary School, a large primary school near Chester.
Qualified teacher Sarah Pearson was tasked with developing the forest school provision at the school. After gaining additional forest school qualifications to implement forest school at Upton Heath and train future forest school leaders, and with the assistance of a small team of colleagues, Branching Out was born.
Children at Upton Heath have enjoyed forest school sessions as part of the curriculum at Upton Heath since 2012, and forest school is a valued and valuable part of the curriculum. Over time, Branching Out were approached by other schools in Cheshire for assistance in setting up forest school provisions.
Upton Heath also became a founder member of The Samara Trust, enabling it to deliver forest school at all schools within the multi academy trust, including Clutton C of E Primary School and Little Sutton C of E Primary School. As a hub for forest school in the Cheshire area, developing a specific training arm was the natural progression, and so Branching Out Training was founded in 2019. Training income is invested back into our forest school provision, helping more children to experience forest school more often.
Our courses are designed to support those within the education sector who wish to develop quality outdoor learning experiences to the children and young people in their care.