The Wildlife Trusts are seeking permission to open four primary schools in England.
A team led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is working with specialist educational consultants to create a charitable company limited by guarantee called a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). This MAT will apply to the Department for Education for permission to create four new primary schools in England.
These schools will be established through the government’s free school programme. By writing the outline for their educational philosophy, the Wildlife Trusts can influence how the schools teach their pupils. Our plan is for one school in Warwickshire, Devon, Wiltshire and Birmingham.
If successful we intend to create more schools in the future.
Why are we doing this?
We believe that using a school's local natural environment as a medium for education will improve children’s learning, and be good for them too.
Learning outside the classroom ‘contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development and can also help to combat underachievement.
When will this happen?
The application is being prepared right now and will be submitted in March 2017. If approved schools will open in 2018, or perhaps later depending on progress.
What is our evidence?
There is a is a growing body of evidence to suggest that more time learning outdoors improves children’s well-being and educational performance. Ofsted believe this too.
How can I follow progress?
Visit the Nature Schools website on a regular basis or follow our social media feeds as we consult with communities on the location of the schools.