Forest School Training


Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF)

Cost: £865 including certification and registration 

Now includes 10 training days to build your skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Summer 2017 ~North Devon : This course takes place every Tuesday for 10 weeks at Tapeley Park near  Instow. Start date 18th April then every Tuesday until 4th July (breaks on 30th May and 27th June)

Spring / Summer 2017 ~ East Devon : This course takes place one weekend a month for 5 months at Escot Estate near Ottery St. Mary. Non-residential but overnight camping is available if  necessary. Dates are

March 25th  / 26th;

April 22nd / 23rd;

May 20th / 21st;

June 24th / 25th;

July 22nd / 23rd

Download an Escot 2017 info pack for this course.

Take a look at a few highlights from last years Forest School courses in the Forest School Training Gallery.

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers, teaching assistants, early years educators, youth workers and other professionals in training to be a Forest School Leader. It will enable you to gain a deep understanding of the Forest School approach to learning in addition to the skills and knowledge needed to plan effectively and lead groups in a safe and responsive way through long-term programmes. The training consists of a mix of taught theory and practical elements as well as coursework to be completed during and after the initial taught contact time. You will complete the following units during this course:

  • Delivery of Forest School – this will involve planning, leading and evaluating a pilot programme of at least 6 sessions with your own client group
  • Forest School Practical Skills
  • Forest School and the Woodland Environment
  • Learning and Development at Forest School
  • Planning Forest School.

The courses takes place from 09.30 to 16.30 on the dates advertised. Attendance on all days is essential. Applicants should be aware that a significant time commitment is required to engage in around 110 hours of additional self study. This is well supported by extensive resources in a dedicated digital learning environment which you will be able to access once enrolled. Tutorial support is available as needed, either in person, by email or telephone. To complete the course you will need to hold or gain a 2 day certificate in outdoor first aid, relevant to the role of a Forest School practitioner. This is not included in the price of the course but reputable first-aid training providers can be recommended. Participants are expected to submit completed portfolios of work within 10 months of the date of enrolment.

Entry Requirements

  • Age 21 years or over
  • Have a relevant level 3 or above qualification (NNEB, Teacher, Play Worker, Youth Worker) OR a portfolio of at least 2 years experience of working with children / young people in a leadership capacity.
  • Have considerable experience of working with young people.
  • Before leading sessions, participants must ensure that they have a valid DBS check, first aid provision and appropriate insurance and site permission

To book a place please download, complete and return a booking form with a deposit.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the training before booking, please feel free to contact me.

High quality, supportive Forest School Training is important to me and I would urge anyone considering this course to do some research and ask prospective trainers these questions suggested by the Forest School Association

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