This training course is essential for anyone wishing to lead Forest School programmes in their own setting. It covers learning theory and practical skills. Plus it gives participants the confidence and knowledge needed to establish and deliver their own Forest School programmes. If you want to know more about Forest School here is a great short video produced by the Forest School Association. “What is Forest School?”
Our Forest School Leader Training is run by experienced leader and trainer, Adrian Goodhand, and accredited by the awarding body QNUK. The course covers a combination of practical skills (tool use, fire lighting, campfire cooking, knot tying, identifying and using natural materials etc.). Theoretical skills (holistic development, self esteem theory, learning theory, learning through play etc.). The course also covers how to set up a Forest School programme, risk management and sustainable use of woodlands and resources. A detailed qualification specification can be found here
Forest School Leader (Level 3) training course is run over a number of months. This is to help participants take on board the course learning, spread the coursework assignment load and reflect on their training. Level 3 trainees receive 9 or 10 days of training. This is split into 4 modules. In addition to the training days, participants will be required to set up their own 6 week pilot Forest School programme. In addition submit a coursework portfolio within 12 months of starting the training. The course is described as 24 days worth of work – 9 to 10 days attending the training days and the rest is self directed learning time.
We have two courses starting this coming November one in Surrey at the wonderful Nower Wood Nature Reserve, Surrey Wildlife Trust details can be found here.
The second is at the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire details are here