Research & Evidence

It’s important to me that the message I promote through this site has a firm grounding in evidence-based research.  Over the years, a great deal of work has been done which suggests that engagement with the outdoors should be at the heart of children’s learning.  Below you will find links to places where you read specially commissioned reports and literature reviews on the importance of outdoors education.

The Forestry Commission is one of the world’s leading centres of research into woodlands and forestry. Their core role is to provide the evidence base for UK forestry practices and to support innovation.  Their website presents research on the benefits of outdoors education through forest school programs.

[see it here]

Play England is a leading publisher of play news, information and research.  Their site provides expert reviews of recent scientific and educational literature on the importance of children’s play for the benefit of professionals and policymakers.

[see it here]

Natural England commissioned a survey to discover the extent of the different experience of nature between our generation’s children and their parent’s generation.

[see it here]

The Children & Nature Network maintains an archive of research documents and publications on the benefits of outdoor nature play.

[see it here]

UNICEF publishes reports on the well-being of children globally.  In 2007 a report into the well-being of children in UK returned worrying results.

[see it here]

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