Forest Schools Leadership Training
Our Forest School training is run by
Wild Learning www.wild-learning.com & Get Out Of The Classroom
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.
Forest School Leadership 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
The Forest School Level 3 Leader qualification comprises three
units of study. (18 credits)
Learning and Development at Forest School: covers many elements of
how different people learn, holistic development, building self
esteem & emotional intelligence, researching other theories of
learning and how they relate to Forest School.
Establishment and Delivery: revolves around running your own Forest
School programme, managing health and safety, risk assessments,
session planning and evaluating. As part of this unit, students are
required to run a minimum of six Forest School sessions.
Practical Skills and Woodland Management: looking at sustainable
woodland management, identifying flora and fauna and historical use
of woodland. This unit also covers all aspects of your practical
skills - teaching others to use tools safely, creating items from
wood, building a shelter from natural materials, safely siting,
lighting, cooking on and extinguishing a camp fire.
The Level 3 Forest School Leader 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.
email us if you would like to reserve a place on one of our
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
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 qualify you will need an up to date first aid qualification
which is a minimum of 16 hours with an outdoor element. You do not
need this qualification to begin training, but you will need it
before you begin your sessions. Please get in touch for details of
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.
Level 2 Forest Schools
The Level 2 course is accredited by
the Open College Network Wales (Agored Cymru). The qualification is
The training comprises three 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
The Assistant qualification consists of two units of study (4
Skills for the Forest School Assistant: covers topics such as risk
assessment, flora and fauna identification, managing ecological
impact and practical skills such as knot tying, shelter building,
using tools and fire.
Supporting Learning and Development at Forest School: covers how to
support learning and development, understanding the importance of
play/self directed learning, helping to build self confidence and
assisting with a successful Forest School programme. This unit
requires you to assist with a minimum of three Forest School
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.
One day courses, half day courses or twilight
courses for Teachers, Educational Professionals, Forest School
Leaders, Rangers, Parents, anyone with an interest in the
Please see the list of courses in our Short Courses section