Forest School qualifications

We are delighted to have recently been recongised for our training by EYE magazine, publishing 3 pages on our training that we deliver.

The qualification that we deliver is the Level 3 Forest School Practitioners Award, aimed at professionals with a relevant level 2 or above qualification for including; teachers LSA’s, youth workers, Early Years Practitioners.

The course carries a total of 18 credits and comprises of the following 5 teaching units;

Unit 1 – Forest School programme and woodland environment

This will enable the learner to gain understanding of the structures of woodland; you will learn how to identify a range of flora and fauna as well as learning to sustain your own location.

Unit 2 – Practical skills for a Forest School programme

You will demonstrate how to make a range of items using woodland materials, you will also have the opportunity to use various tools such as a BowSaw, Bill Hook, as well as learning to facilitate campfire management including cooking over an open fire.

Unit 3 – Learning and development of a Forest School programme

In this unit you will understand the relevant learning and development theories and how they can be applied to support holistic development.

Unit 4 – Planning a Forest School programme

You will gain knowledge of the Forest School ethos and the ecological impact of a Forest School programme; learning the relevant policies and procedures such as managing risk and producing risk assessments.

Unit 5 – Delivery of a Forest School programme

You will plan and deliver a series of Forest School sessions, demonstrating flexibility in response to individual needs; you will assess the impact on participants, make amendments and recommendations for further sessions whilst completing evaluations.

The initial delivery is over 5 consecutive days taking place Squirrel Wood, as part of the course it is to be expected that individuals would submit a logbook to support their own Forest School practice.

A key element of the course is the planning and delivering of 6 Forest School sessions with a group of children or young people in an appropriate setting. You will also build a portfolio alongside these sessions which will include evidence of planning, evaluation and reflection from your sessions.

In order to complete the course an additional consecutive 4 days of assessment and development is required to display the competency of skills and knowledge you have developed.

As part of the course you would also receive one free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) day, and you would also be eligible to book on for additional CPD days which take place throughout the year.

Dates:

Training Week

22nd – 26th Oct 2018

11th – 15th Feb 2019

29th Jul – 2nd Aug

Assessment Week

27th – 30th Nov 2018

1st – 4th Apr 2019

22nd – 25th Jul 2019

CPD Days (10am – 3pm)

13th Oct 2018

28th Jun 2019

Free open/inset days

Each year we run free open day sessions for staff in schools, child-minders, childcare settings, colleges and universities. Most sessions are held on school teacher training (inset days). The session aims to provide you with information on sessions we deliver, have a walk to the sites and toast some marshmallows.