Forest School Training

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Cost: £950 including certification and registration

In Spring 2022 there will be a weekend course running in East 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 to book

North Devon – Spring 2022

Location : Near Instow.

10 full Tuesdays (09.30–16.30) over 10 weeks between March and May 2022

Session 1: Tuesday 8th March
Session 2: Tuesday 15th March
Session 3: Tuesday 22nd March
Session 4: Tuesday 29th March
Session 5: Tuesday 5th April

Break for Easter Holidays
Session 6: Tuesday 3rd May
Session 7: Tuesday 10th May
Session 8: Tuesday 17th May
Session 9: Tuesday 24th May
Session 10: Tuesday 31st May

In the unlikely case of postponement due to high winds, covid restrictions etc the following reserve dates will be used to make up missed sessions: 7h June, 14th June.

East Devon – Autumn 2022

Location: Escot, Near Exeter

10 full Sundays (09.30–16.30) over 10 weeks between September and December 2022.

Session 1: 6th March
Session 2: 13th March
Session 3: 20th March
Session 4: 27th March
Session 5: 3rd April

Session 6: 1st May
Session 7: 8th May
Session 8: 15th May
Session 9: 22nd May
Session 10: 29th May

In the unlikely case of postponement due to high winds, covid restrictions etc the following reserve dates will be used to make up missed sessions: 5th June, 12th June.

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 summer term of 2022.

Take a look at a few highlights from previous 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:

  • 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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