Forest School Training

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Cost: £935 including certification and registration

This Autumn there will be a weekend course running in South Devon, near Exeter and a weekly course every Tuesday at my usual site in North Devon. See below for full details of each.

Please call 07977473818 to discuss or email learning@richardirvine.co.uk to book

North Devon – Autumn 2021

Location : Near Instow.

10 full Tuesdays (09.30–16.30) over 10 weeks between September and December 2021.

Session 1: Tuesday 14th September
Session 2: Tuesday 28th September
Session 3: Tuesday 5th October
Session 4: Tuesday 12th October
Session 5: Tuesday 2nd November
Session 6: Tuesday 9th November
Session 7: Tuesday 16th November
Session 8: Tuesday 23rd November
Session 9: Tuesday 30th November
Session 10: Tuesday 7th December
Reserve Session : Tuesday 14th December
Reserve Session : Tuesday 11th January 2022
Reserve Session : Tuesday 18th January 2022

South Devon – Autumn 2021

Location: Grammarcombe, Near Exeter

10 full days (09.30–16.30) over 5 weekends between September and December 2021.

Session 1: Saturday 11th September
Session 2: Sunday 12th September
Session 3: Saturday 30th October
Session 4: Sunday 31st October
Session 5: Saturday 13th November
Session 6: Sunday 14th November
Session 7: Saturday 27th November
Session 8: Sunday 28th November
Session 9: Saturday 11th December
Session 10:Sunday 12th December
Reserve Session : Saturday 15th January 2022
Reserve Session : Sunday 16th January 2022
Reserve Session : Saturday 29th January 2022

Includes 10 fully outdoor training days to build your skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

This Forest School training course has been redesigned around new risk assessments and operating procedures to be Covid secure and meet current government guidelines on health and safety.

In the case of whole sessions having to be postponed due to renewed Coronavirus restrictions, replacement days will take place as soon as possible in the spring term of 2022.

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

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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:

  • Forest School Programme Delivery – 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 and preparation of 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 enrollment.

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

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

View images from a wide range of training events here.

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