Equal Opportunities and Inclusion in Forest School

Equal Opportunities, Inclusion and Forest School


The mission statement of Newchurch Primary emphasis that all children are unique.  We are committed to giving our children every opportunity to achieve the best that they can be, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.  We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual children or groups of children.  We aim to provide all our children with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. 


We will:

  • Ensure equal access for all children
  • Employ a range of styles, including collaborative learning, so that children can value working together
  • Seek to involve all parents in supporting their children’s education
  • Take account of the performance of all children when planning for future learning, next steps and setting challenging targets
  • Make best use of all available resources to support the learning of all groups of children.

Our practitioners ensure that our children:

  •  Feel secure and know that their contributions are valued
  •  Appreciate and value the differences in others to take responsibility for their own actions
  •  Participate safely, in clothing that is appropriate to their religious beliefs
  •  Are taught in groupings that allow them all to experience success and use materials that reflect a range of cultural backgrounds, learning styles and linguistic needs without stereotyping
  •  Have a common curriculum experience that allows for a range of different learning styles
  •  Have challenging targets that enable them to succeed
  •  Are encouraged to participate fully, regardless of disabilities, SEN, or medical needs.

We encourage a level of risk taking, always under close adult supervision, and actively foster positive relationships and friendships as well as collaboration between all children and adults.  Forest school activities are always designed to produce success and enjoyment.

The forest environment is an environment to which we are all entitled and we strongly believe that the experience we will have there will linger in the memory for years to come.  Children with medical needs or disabilities will be helped so that they can take part fully in each forest school session.  All children are entitled to participate in forest school sessions.