We offer a range of training for people interested in developing their skills outdoors. 


 

Forest School Training

 

We deliver Forest School training at Levels 2 and 3 at inspiring venues around Herefordshire, Wales and further afield. Improve your skills by learning all about the Forest School approach to teaching, learning and play, a unique chance for professional development as well as to build your own practical skills and understanding of local woods and forests.


Level 2 - Award in assisting Forest School

This course covers four Units of Study at Level 2:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Outdoor Practical Skills
  • Assist at Forest School

It looks at practical skills, using the woodland as a sustainable resource and the theoretical side of planning for learning and play at Forest School.

This qualification is ideal for those who would like a more in depth introductory course or who are planning to assist a Level 3 leader at their setting. This course offers plenty of opportunities to develop your own skills at Forest School in preparation for passing those on to others at a later date. Completion of the Level 2 booklet takes place during the course and whilst assisting a Forest School Practitioner (Level 3 Trained) with planning and delivery of Forest School programmes.

For this reason you must ensure an established link with a Forest School Practitioner before coming on to the course.

Entry Qualifications Required:

  • Established link with Forest School Practitioner
  • Aged 16 years and over
  • Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)
  • Hold Current DBS Check.
  • A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.

Course Duration:

 4 days of training, plus assisting with planning and delivery of minimum of 3 Forest Schools Sessions. This is usually a minimum time commitment of 3 x half a day. Course completion is 6 Months after the start date of the course.

Course Cost: 

£400 per person (excluding VAT)

£411.60 per person (including VAT)

Please note this course enables you to assist at Forest Schools, and does not qualify you to run Forest Schools Sessions.


Level 3 - Certificate in leading Forest School

This course is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programmes.
There are five Units of Study at Level 3:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
  • Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Teach Outdoor Practical Skills
  • Forest School Leader

On the Level Three course you will :-

  • Attend training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks.
  • Run a Forest School Programme in your chosen setting.
  • Have a work-based assessment.
  • Complete a portfolio for assessment.

Course Duration:

5 initial days of training followed by a gap then 2 practical days. Course completion date is 9 Months after the start date of the course. There is a half day course completion workshop about three quarters of the way through the course. In addition to the course dates, the lead tutor is available during the course for tutorial help by telephone or e mail.

Entry Qualification Required:

Level 2 Qualification in Education, Youth Work, Child care etc. AND established link with a client group and potential Forest School Site. 21 years or over at the start of the course.
OR Level 2 Qualification in Forest School, Countryside, Woodland Management etc. AND at least two years experience with client groups AND an established link with a client group and potential Forest School Site.

Course Cost: 

£800 per person (excluding VAT)

£818.20 (including VAT)

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your energy and commitment to the Level 3 Forest School training course I was involved in. You really inspired me and I learnt so much. I would also like to thank you for your support through the development of my portfolio. I received it back just before Christmas and I was so happy that I had passed. There were some lovely comments about my reflective practice too.”
— Teacher in Herefordshire Primary School 2015

Outdoor Learning Training

Level 2 - Outdoor learning practitioner

Gain skills and confidence in using your grounds for curriculum delivery

Completion of the course only takes two and a half days ( plus some structured ‘homework’ in between the course days) and it is designed to be as practical, accessible & supportive as possible in helping you to make a success in implementing a programme of Outdoor Learning.

Course Content Summary:

  • Understanding the benefits and risks of using the outdoors as a learning environment, looking at the background and context of modern outdoor learning.
  • Learning how to make an holistic approach to implementing outdoor learning – getting everyone ‘on board’ with your plans.
  • Planning & delivering seasonal outdoor learning by building specific skills and confidence in a range of areas that can be developed / enhanced in school grounds and in the local environment.
  • Knowing how to sustainably manage and improve outdoor learning environments, looking at ecological structures in the natural environment, identifying species in our own local natural environments.
  • Looking at the wider context of Learning Outside the Classroom and making plans to utlise your local natural and built environment in curriculum delivery.

Course Cost: £250 per person


level 3 - coordinating an outdoor curriculum

Outdoor Learning Coordinator is a two day course designed for those who would like to further their OL skills, be a part of sucessfully embedding outdoor learning in their organisation and making it accessible to all.

This course is only available to those that have completed the Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner Award.

Course Content Summary:

  • Background of educational practice of modern Outdoor Learning including a review of research & practice in recent years.
  • Auditing existing provision and practice, creating procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy
  • Site / grounds planning and sustainable management
  • Planning year round programmes of OL
  • Building on Outdoor Learning Skills
  • Guidance for cascading new skills to other staff members

Course Cost: £250 per person (plus the £250 for Level 2)

“I could have kept on returning day after day! It was incredibly refreshing to be on a course where we were able to practice what we were learning. I have come away from the course
with so many ideas and with a clear vision. The knowledge and delivery of the course was excellent. By far the best course I have ever been on so thank you!”
— Key Stage 1 Teacher - Herefordshire

Courses for young people

We offer a number of short courses which are especially suitable for young people in the 14-19 age range. These include Level 1 Practical Woodland Skills, an accredited module from the OCN which is particularly appropriate for Secondary School students, especially those who are following a more vocational path.

On the course, students will look at:

  • Risk assessment
  • Environmental survey
  • Fire skills and cooking
  • Tool use
  • Shelter building
  • Knots

The students are assessed and fill in a workbook which then goes towards their certificate.

Prices vary depending on number of students


CPD and Inset Days

 

These training days can be tailored to suit your school's needs and include:

  • Inspirational ideas for outdoor learning including maths, literacy, science, music and art
  • Grounds development - auditing your site and developing an action plan
  • Forest School taster sessions
  • Developing your Forest School site - practical ideas and projects to enhance your Forest School provision
  • Linking outdoor learning to curriculum areas
  • Risk assessment and Health and Safety issues
  • Practical fire skills and bushcraft

All of these courses equip professionals to access the outdoor environment in a range of ways to improve and enhance the way children and young people can learn and benefit from the natural world. 

Contact us for more details