Forest School Training

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Cost: £990 including certification and registration

New course dates for Spring 2024 . North Devon

10 full days (09.00–17.00) over 5 weekends between March and June 2024

Session 1: Saturday 23rd March
Session 2: Sunday 24th March
Session 3: Saturday 20th April
Session 4: Sunday 21st April
Session 5: Saturday 11th May
Session 6: Sunday 12th May
Session 7: Saturday 8th June
Session 8: Sunday 9th June
Session 9: Saturday 22nd June
Session 10: Sunday 23rd June

Training takes place outdoors in most weather conditions, however if postponement is necessary due to dangerous weather conditions, then the following 2 dates may be used to make up lost sessions.
Reserve Sessions : 15th June 2024, 16th June 2024

I like to talk to all prospective participants before booking so if you are even a little bit interested, please email for booking information and to arrange an informal chat about the course.

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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

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