Adult training

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Adult training

Continuous Professional Development in outdoor learning

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. They 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 and Level 3 Forest School training courses at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston and The Hive at Moss Bank Park in Bolton.

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. Using the outdoor environment, you will learn to encourage and inspire children to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small, achievable tasks.

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 sessions in your setting and supporting children and young people to regularly engage with the natural environment.

The Level 3 course is aimed at anyone who is interested in leading their own forest school sessions. You do not have to have completed Level 1 or Level 2 training to do a Level 3 course but relevant experience of working with children, young people or vulnerable adults is a must.

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

St Malachy's RC Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester, M40 7RG - Level 3 Training week - Monday 10th - Friday 14th September 2018, Skills Days 15th & 16th October 2018

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Level 3 Training week 1st – 5th October 2018, Skills Days 1st and 2nd November 2018 - FULLY BOOKED

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Level 2 Training week 29th – 31st October 2018, Skills Day 19th November 2018

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston - Level 3 Training week 4th – 8th February 2019, Skills Days 11th and 12th March 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 optional 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.

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

Looking for a taster session?

We offer taster sessions, CPD sessions and can run inset days for schools and other education facilities to give them a flavour of Forest School and outdoor education.  In the sessions we share knowledge and skills related to outdoor learning and conservation that you can apply in your own setting,

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 872000
E: eduadmin@lancswt.org.uk