Dr Sam Parrett, Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group, has today been presented with her CBE for Services to Education.

Improving educational outcomes for children and young people has been put at the heart of the government’s levelling up strategy.

Forest schools seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. These fantastic outdoor lessons give children the opportunity to develop key skills in a practical and fun environment. Problem solving, communication, resilience and self-regulation are just a small number of social and developmental areas that children build upon through activities such as fire safety, hiking, storytelling and den building. This non-traditional learning environment is becoming increasing popular due to its effectiveness.

There is much anger that Ofsted insisted on business as usual last term as the pandemic took hold once again. We need to see a more compassionate inspectorate this term and beyond, says Dr Sam Parrett.

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