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Forest Schools Leadership Training

 

Our Forest School training is run by Wild Learning www.wild-learning.com & Get Out Of The Classroom www.getoutoftheclassroom.

 

Both companies are members of the Forest School Association and the National Forest School Trainers Network.

 

We have a strong belief in support for students to help them gain their qualifications, which we hope is reflected in our ethos of providing local training and support for our students. We believe in quality Forest School provision for all, which should start with the training provision.

We can offer basic phone and e-mail support plus we can offer tutorisl visits, site visits, and help with site development.

 

Certificate in Leading Forest School (Level 3)

 

This course is accredited by the Open College Network Wales (Agored Cymru). The training comprises seven days of training with tutor contact time. These days are a mixture of practical and classroom based study. Students then have nine months to complete a portfolio of work which is expected to take approximately 120 hours of self directed study.

 

The Certificate in Leading Forest School Level 3 qualification comprises five units of study.

 

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors; Covering the understanding of learning, play and development in the outdoors. Holistic learning, play, self esteem and emotional intelligence.

Forest School Leader; Looking at the details involved with leadership of Forest School programmes linked to child development, including health and safety, risk assessment, programme planning and session delivery.

Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning; Enabling the group leader to use assessment and evaluation techniques linked to child development.

Sustainable use of Natural Resources; Looking at understanding ecology and use of sustainable use of natural resources for learning. Identification of local species, simple site management, sustainability of natural resources and spaces.

Teaching Outdoor Practical Skills; To enable the group leader to teach safe practical skills and campfire management. Teaching the safe use of small hand tools, using a campfire to cook on, using knots


The Level 3 Forest School Leadership qualification is recommended by the Forest School Association and National Forest School Trainers Network to be the only qualification you can have which allows you to lead a Forest School programme and to call your project a Forest School.

 

 

Please email us if you would like to reserve a place on one of our courses.

 

Course entry requirements:

 

You will need a group to work with (children of any age, young adults, adults).


You will need a Level 2 Qualification in Education, Youth Work, Child care etc.

 

OR Level 2 Qualification in Forest School, Countryside, Woodland Management etc. AND at least two years experience with client groups.

 

You will need to identify a suitable natural site to use for your sessions. A woodland is lovely, but not always available! If you'd like to discuss your site before booking onto a course, please get in touch.

 

You should hold an existing CRB/DBS check

 

You will need suitable insurance cover

 

You will need to work with a group to complete your qualification, we would expect that you have this arranged before you come to do your training.

 

You will need the backing of your school/setting/organisation who will need to help you with organising and running your first project (which will happen during your training).

 

You will need to be 21 or over.

 

To should have an up to date first aid qualification which is a minimum of 16 hours with an outdoor element.

 

The qualification takes at least 9 months to complete (most people need a year) so you will need to have some time you can dedicate to getting your work completed.

 

 

Level 3 courses are equivalent to A-level difficulty. You may wish to consider this before you access the training.

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Award in Assisting Forest Schools Level 2

 

The Level 2 course is accredited by the Open College Network Wales (Agored Cymru). The qualification is nationally recognised.

 

The training comprises three to four days of training with tutor contact time. These days are mostly practical, but will contain some classroom element. Students then have 3 months to complete a workbook.

 

The Award in Assisting Forest School Level 2 qualification consists of four units of study;

 

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors; Looking at holistic development and how learning outdoors supports this.

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources; understanding the ecology of a natural environment and the sustainable use of natural resources

Outdoor Practical Skills; Being able to carry out a range of outdoor practical tasks including safe tools and campfire use, shelter building, making items from natural resources

Assist at Forest School; Looking at the role of the assistant, helping to plan and support Forest School sessions plus risk/benefits analysis

 

PLEASE NOTE: This qualification does not qualify you to lead a Forest School. You should already be working with an existing Forest School leader to qualify for this course.

 

Course entry requirements:

 

An existing Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)

 

You should be working with an existing Forest School leader. If you wish to run your own Forest School sessions, you should look at the level 3 qualification.

 

You should hold an existing CRB/DBS check

 

Level 2 courses are equivalent to GCSE difficulty. You may wish to consider this before you access the training.

 

Continuous Professional Development

 

One day courses, half day courses or twilight courses for Teachers, Educational Professionals, Forest School Leaders, Rangers, Parents, anyone with an interest in the outdoors.

 

Please see the list of courses in our Short Courses section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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