Forest School Level 3 Training

Course starting Spring 2018

5 – 7 & 12 – 13 March. Practical Skills Assessment 4 – 6 June

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a unique philosophy and approach to outdoor play and learning. It involves using the environment and natural resources as a setting and stimulus for learning. Forest School practitioners use teaching and learning strategies that aim to promote confidence, independence, empathy, social skills, self esteem and intrinsic motivation.

How Forest School is different

Forest School sessions are principally child-led and based on observations by the leader and other adults, leading to appropriate interventions to promote holistic development.

Learners are introduced to responsible risk taking and encouraged to participate in engaging, motivating and achievable activities. An outdoor environment, particularly woodland, provides many opportunities for learners to explore their own preferred learning styles whilst building a long term relationship with the natural world.

The Forest School approach focuses on the ‘process’ of learning rather than the ‘product’ and in this way all learners can achieve success; building confidence and self esteem.

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The training

The Forest School Practitioner Award is a Level 3 qualification (A Level standard). Verified by the Bishops Wood Centre in Worcestershire, and accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM), the training is aimed at professionals already working with children/ young people who wish to qualify to lead Forest School Programmes. It will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to work with children in the outdoor learning environment.

Course dates for level 3 training – Spring 2018

5 – 7 & 12 – 13 March. Practical Skills Assessment: 4 – 6 June

Register interest in Forest School Level 3 training

Interested in a Forest School Leader taster sessions to find out more about what's involved?

Your tutor: Charlotte Atkinson is a Forest School Association (FSA) registered trainer and trainer assessor. Charlotte is also an experienced headteacher and a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner and trainer with much experience of leading Forest School sessions with children aged 2-11 years.

With a background in ecology and education, Charlotte strives to make the course manageable, achievable and enjoyable. The course is a mixture of theory and practicals, designed to deliver skills, knowledge and confidence needed to lead Forest School sessions with confidence..

Course Requirements


Course fee

The 8 day course fee is £895. This includes all teaching materials during training & support after the course for completion of portfolio. The fee also covers the  enrolment and accreditation fees with OCNWM & portfolio verification by Bishops Wood.


Applicants need to be

21 years or over


Applicants need to be

Qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker (to Level 3 equivalent) or an appropriate Level 2 with at least 2 years experience working with your chosen client group in a leadership capacity


Child protection requirements

Hold a current DBS certificate (or gain one prior to FS delivery)


Delivery of FS

Have access to a group to be able to run a 6-week Forest School Programme. NB A charge of £75.00 plus 45p mile is charged for all  Forest School delivery assessments located beyond a 50 mile radius of the training venue.

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Training location will be Sudborough NN14 3BX and nearby woodland

Training location, Sudborough NN14 3BX

Village hall in Sudborough and Oxlip Wood nearby