Forest School Training – Levels 1, 2, 3

Forest School Training – Levels 1, 2, 3

Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos & Principles

Training & Affiliation ProgrammesThe Level 1 Award and training course covers the underlying ethos and ideas of Forest School and the use of the outdoor to aid learning. Each candidate has to produce evidence to meet all the assessment criteria of each unit and this evidence must be authentic, reliable, valid and sufficient. As part of the course, you will need to attend at least one Forest School session run by a Level three qualified Forest School Leader and complete your observations of this session.

1. Understand the Forest School approach to learning.
2. Participate in the Forest School experiences.
3. Understand methods of identification of woodland species.
4. Understand how Forest School impacts on the woodland environment.
5. Understand hazards at Forest School

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be awarded an ITC Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles and be competent to…

  • Outline the Forest School approach to learning and development
  • Identify ways in which Forest School supports the development of the whole person
  • State ways that play can benefit participants at Forest School
  • Observe a Forest School session run by a qualified Level 3 Forest School Programme Leader
  • ate the roles of the Forest School Leader and other adults at the session observed
  • Participate in a range of Forest School experiences
  • Name methods of identifying local woodland species, providing examples
  • Identify how Forest School experiences may impact on the woodland environment
  • Identify different types of hazard and their associated risks
  • State how these risks at Forest School may be reduced

The Level 1 qualification is designed to provide an introduction to Forest School principles. It is ideal for people who want to find out more about learning through Forest School, who already work in a school with a Forest School site or those contemplating the exciting thought of introducing the concept at their own setting. The course enables learners to have a firm understanding of forest school principles and can facilitate the forest school ethos. It is an ideal course to compliment level 2 and level 3 colleagues. It will NOT entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions in local woodlands.

Once your training is completed you will then have 3 months from the end of the course to complete the portfolio, which is now fully online. Upon successful completion of this, you will be notified and awarded an OCNWMR Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and principles.

Working hours for the practical course are from 09:15 – 16:00

£225.00 per person – Please Click To Contact Us And Register Your Interest


Level 2 Forest School Assistant

Blossom BuddiesThis is a four-day course designed for individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a Forest School programme.

The Level 2 course provides the learner with the skills to effectively support a Forest School Leader in the delivery of Forest School sessions. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning and a positive attitude to taking risk. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna and sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest schools.

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be awarded an OCNWMR Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF) and be competent to…

  • Outline the Forest School approach to learning and development
  • Provide a positive attitude to taking risk
  • Identify ways in which Forest School supports the development of the whole person
  • State ways that play can benefit participants at Forest School
  • Identify woodland flora and fauna
  • Observe a Forest School session run by a qualified Level 3 Forest School Programme Leader
  • State the roles of the Forest School Leader and other adults at the session observed
  • Participate in a range of Forest School experiences
  • Name methods of identifying local woodland species, providing examples
  • Identify how Forest School experiences may impact on the woodland environment
  • Identify different types of hazard and their associated risks
  • State how these risks at Forest School may be reduced
  • Undertake practical skills including safe lighting, management and use of a campfire
  • Safely use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities.

The Level 2 qualification is designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School assistant, enabling them to take a proactive role in helping a Forest School practitioner plan and deliver a Forest School programme and supporting the learners. It will NOT entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions in local woodlands.

Once your training is completed you will then have 3 months from the end of the course to complete the portfolio, which is now fully online. Upon successful completion of this, you will be notified and awarded an OCNWMR Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF).

Working hours for the course are from 09:15 – 17:00 daily

£550.00 per person – Please Click To Contact Us And Register Your Interest


Level 3 Forest School Leader

This course is the nationally recognised standard of training for individuals wishing to lead and manage a Forest School programme.

The course includes four consecutive days of on-site training, a period of development and delivering pilot Forest Schools programmes to your own client group and a 2.5 – day Outdoor First Aid / Paediatric First Aid Course should you require it. Following this, you will attend a four-day assessment Course where you will be formally assessed in your practical abilities and your delivery of Forest Schools sessions using Forest Schools ethos and methods.

The practical outdoor learning will include tool use and the safe lighting, management and use of a camp-fire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of outdoor games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and the sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest schools.

Completion of the course requires a period of development and delivering pilot Forest School programmes to your own client group and a 3 – day Outdoor First Aid / Paediatric First Aid Course should you require it. Following this, you will come forward for a 4-day Assessment Course where you will be formally assessed in your practical abilities and your delivery of Forest Schools sessions using Forest Schools ethos and methods. Once this is completed you will have 6 months from the end of the course to complete the portfolio, which is now fully online.

This is the nationally recognised level of training required if you want to lead at Forest School . There are two assessments (Practical Skills Assessment and Delivery Assessment) to be completed and students will have to run a 6-week Forest School Programme with a group of children in an outdoor setting, preferably woodlands.

Students on this level of training will need to ensure they have a 2-day ITC Outdoor First Aid course or a Paediatric First Aid qualification before they start their 6-week FS Programme. This is a 9-day training course, including 2 assessments. (18 credits).

Once your training is completed you will then have 3 months from the end of the course to complete the portfolio, which is now fully online. Upon successful completion of this, you will be notified and awarded an ITC Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF). This whole process can take up to 12 months from the initial training course but this is dependent on the learner.

Working hours for the course are from 09:15 – 17:00 daily

£999.00 per person – Please Click To Contact Us And Register Your Interest