Link to register for the In the thicket – No Fear  with Tim Gill

The debate about risk and outdoor play and learning has moved on in recent years, with Forest School at the forefront of a more risk-positive ethos. Yet anxieties and unanswered questions remain. Does fear of litigation undermine the learning experiences we offer? Are standard risk assessments really helping educators make sound plans and good judgements? At a more fundamental level, how well-grounded is the underlying pedagogy?

Tim’s webinar will revisit his influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society, which helped to build the case for a balanced, thoughtful approach to risk. He will invite his audience to place their practice in a wider social and environmental context, embrace critical thinking, and share lessons and insights from policies and procedures.

This ‘In the Thicket Webinar’, is a topical presentation with an expert and a short Q and A session at the end.

Tim Gill is an independent scholar, writer and consultant on childhood, and a global advocate for children’s play and mobility.

Tim is the author of Urban Playground: How child-friendly urban planning and design can save cities and No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society.

Tim is one of 34 Ambassadors for the Design Council, the UK’s design champion. He is a former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England).

Tim’s work cuts across public policy, education, child care, planning, transport, urban design and playwork. It engages with academics, practitioners, policy makers, the media and the wider public.

The FSA is fortunate enough to have had Tim as our patron since our formation 10 years ago. We are grateful for his ongoing support in our vision of ‘Quality Forest School for All’.

Discover more about Tim’s work on his website –

Look out for Tim at the FSA Conference this year and join him for a ‘Risky’ panel discussion –

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Link to register for the In the thicket – No Fear 

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