Adult training

Adult Training

Continuous Professional Development in outdoor education

The knowledge that was passed on was great. Immersed in the woods, we really took on the Forest School atmosphere, the ethos and learned lots from the trainers.
Becca Walsh
Beacon C of E Primary School in Liverpool

Forest School Training

Our Education team has been running Forest School training courses since 2011. Our experienced and trained Forest School practitioners, who are DBS checked and each hold a certificate in outdoor first aid, regularly plan and deliver programmes to nurseries, pre-schools, home education groups and KS1-4.

The content covered in the courses is based upon our trainers’ many years of experience, as well as contemporary research and best practise surrounding pedagogy and woodland management. 

We run accredited Level 2 Forest School Assistant and Level 3 Forest School Leader training courses at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston and The Hive at Moss Bank Park in Bolton.

Discover a teacher’s Forest School journey as Becca shares her experience of training as a Forest School Leader with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Upcoming Courses

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Level 3 Training week 4th - 8th March 2019, Skills Days 3rd and 4th April 2019

The HIVE (Moss bank Park), Bolton - Level 3 Training week 10th - 14th June 2019, Skills Days 17th and 18th July 2019

Open Awards Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF)

Cost: £800 (+VAT)

Forest School Level 3 will enable you to become a Forest School Leader, allowing you to set up and run Forest School sessions on your own site, supporting children and young people to regularly engage with the natural environment.

Over five consecutive days, you will learn how to use the outdoor environment to encourage and inspire children to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small, achievable tasks. The course will equip you with a range of practical outdoor skills and knowledge. You will:

  • Develop an understanding of the Forest School ethos and its principles.
  • Gain an understanding of child learning and development theories and their relation to Forest School.
  • Learn practical skills that will enrich your Forest School activities including safe fire-lighting and siting, outdoor cooking, tool use and maintenance, games and wildlife identification.
  • Learn knowledge and skills to sustainably manage your Forest School site.
  • Learn how to plan, deliver and evaluate a Forest School programme.

As part of your training, you will need to attend two practical skills assessment days, complete a written portfolio, and plan and run six Forest School sessions with the same group of participants over six consecutive weeks. Your trainers will come to your Forest School site and assess your delivery during one of these sessions to provide feedback and support.

Trainers are also available to offer advice and support via email and face-to-face at study days.

Students on the leadership course will need to complete a two-day Outdoor First Aid course in order to obtain the qualification, which is not included in our course. We can assist you in accessing an appropriate Outdoor First Aid course should you need help.

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Open Awards Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF)

Cost: £400 (+VAT)

Forest School Level 2 will enable you to work as an Assistant alongside a Level 3 Practitioner, helping with the setting up and running of Forest School, and supporting both the Leader and children during sessions.

Over three days you will learn how to use the outdoor environment to encourage and inspire children to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small, achievable tasks. The course will equip you with a range of practical outdoor skills and knowledge. You will:

  • Develop an understanding of the Forest School ethos and its principles.
  • Learn practical skills that will allow you to assist the Forest School Leader to enrich Forest School activities including safe fire-lighting and siting, tool use and maintenance, games and wildlife identification.
  • Develop an understanding of sustainable woodland management.
  • Learn knowledge and skills to support the Forest School Leader in planning, delivering and evaluating a Forest School session.

As part of your training, you will need to attend a practical skill assessment day and complete a written portfolio. You will also need to support a Forest School Leader at three Forest School sessions with the same group of participants over three consecutive weeks. You will be expected to help plan and evaluate these sessions.

Trainers are available to offer advice and support via email.

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (Brockholes)

Cost: £800 (+VAT)
Location: Brockholes Nature Reserve

Training Dates: Monday 4th - Friday 8th March (9:30am - 4:30pm)
Practical Skill Assessment Days: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April (9:30am - 4:30pm)

This course enables you to set up and run Forest School sessions in your setting. You will enable children and young people to regularly engage with the natural environment, investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme, and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively. 
 
This course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching OR relevant experience in working with children.

To book, or for more information please contact the Education Team on 01772 872017 or eduadmin@lancswt.org.uk 

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (The HIVE)

Cost: £800 (+VAT)
Location: The HIVE, Moss Bank Park, Bolton, BL1 6NB

Training Dates: Monday 10th - Friday 14th June 2019
Practical Skill Assessment Days: Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July 2019 (9:30am - 4:30pm)

This course enables you to set up and run Forest School sessions in your setting, enabling children and young people to regularly engage with the natural  environment. You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to  approach and apply it safely and effectively. This course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching OR relevant experience in working with  children.

To book, or for more information please contact the Education Team on 01772 872017 or eduadmin@lancswt.org.uk

As a child, I loved playing outside and now, thanks to Forest School, I’ve come to love the outdoors again. I find it so rewarding seeing the impact Forest School has on children and their ability to take risks.
Chris Bowcock, Teacher
Our Lady Immacuate Primary School in Liverpool
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Looking for a Forest School experience for your staff?

We offer bespoke experience days for adults wanting to gain an understanding of the Forest School ethos and approach. We share knowledge and skills related to outdoor learning and conservation that you can apply in your own setting.

We run our taster experiences at our beautiful wetland nature reserve at Brockholes in Preston or, depending on site suitability, we can come to you (mileage costs will apply).

Our taster sessions are ideal for those looking for additional training as a Forest School Leader or Assistant, Continuous Professional Development, a staff reward day, a team building day opportunity or an option for an inset day.

Our enthusiastic and experienced team can deliver sessions on request for groups of up to 20 adults with 2 of our practitioners. Full day and half day courses are available. Please get in touch to arrange your preferred dates.

Forest School Taster Day/Half Day Course for Adults

£500 (+VAT) for a full day (up to 6 hours).

£360 (+VAT) for a half day (up to 3 hours).

You will find out how Forest School supports children and adults of all abilities to learn in the great outdoors. You will experience specifically designed practical hands-on activities and discover ways to incorporate them into your own setting, ranging from:

  • Safe fire building and campfire cooking 
  • Bushcraft skills using hand tools
  • Making shelters and woodland games
  • Learning about woodland plants and animals
  • Making environment art from clay and other natural materials

Please bring along:

  • A packed lunch
  • Sturdy footwear (walking boots or wellies)
  • Clothes appropriately for the weather - be prepared to spend the whole day in the woods
  •  A pen, notebook and a camera
A fun and engaging session. It's given me lots of ideas and the confidence to carry them out in lessons.
Taster day participant
Hyndburn Park Primary School, Accrington

Get in touch

To make a booking or for more information about our forest school sessions, training and our other services, please contact us via email or telephone:

T: 01772 872017
E: eduadmin@lancswt.org.uk