CPD Courses

Exeter University PGCE students Forest School ExperienceOver the last 5 years I have designed and led a range of professional training courses and INSET days for whole school staff groups, FE and HE colleges, early education groups and interested adults. I am always happy to devise a bespoke course to you groups needs and also run several open courses which are  listed below. These courses are designed to boost the confidence of primary school and early years staff working in the outdoors. Whatever your level of experience and expertise, you will leave each course with:

  • a variety of original curriculum ideas that can be applied successfully in your school the very next day

  • enhanced personal skills and confidence in the outdoor environment

  • knowledge on how to maximise the use of natural materials whatever your setting

Each course is adaptable to your skill level and requirements. Techniques and activities can be tailored to your year group and curriculum topics. Read this review by participants on a previous Forest School taster day for early years practitioners.

Course Title




Learn how to make and manage fire safely with children in the school grounds and elsewhere. Experiment with the use of fire in practical learning activities across the curriculum.

Location: Wembworthy, Mid Devon

23rd November 2011

Forest School Experience

Get a feel for Forest School and how it could work in your setting. Expert advice from a qualified Forest School practitioner with years of experience of setting up and running programmes with Devon primary schools. Gain an understanding of the ethos and value of this approach, as well as some practical skills and activities.

Location: Nr Bideford, North Devon.




Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

From daubing, primitive pottery and earth pigment painting to blobsters and tree spirits. Creativity and fun in a day to get your hands dirty!

Location: Cookworthy, West Devon




Woodland shelters


outdoor classrooms

Build and compare types of outdoor shelter – from benders and tipis to domes and debris huts. This practical day will help you to decide what and how to build/buy the ideal shelter for your setting and how to maintain it.

Gain ideas for enhancing shelter building sessions and try out some of the numerous ways to pitch a tarp.

Location: Near Bideford, North Devon







Find out how best to use basic hand-tools with children and open up a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities. Learn new activities and projects that help develop children’s fine motor skills, give them confidence using their hands and a real sense of achievement that helps to boost self esteem.

Location: Wembworthy, Mid Devon

18th April 2012

Cost: £85 per person per day

Courses take place in woodlands across Devon

Call 07977473818 or email learning AT richardirvine.co.uk to book a place

Please call to discuss bespoke courses, enrichment days, whole school or learning community training and school grounds advisory service.

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