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Forest School Leader Level 3 Qualification

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Who is this course for?

This course is the nationally recognised standard at Level 3, accredited by the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). It is for anyone who wishes to set up and lead a Forest School, either within an existing setting or as a freelance instructor.

Course Content

The level 3 Forest School training course will prepare you to set up your own Forest School provision. You will plan, deliver and monitor all aspects of a Forest School Programme.

There are five Units of Study at Level 3:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors.
  • Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning.
    • o (Both Units above include current research-accredited theories on the Forest School approach to learning).
    • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources.
      • o (Including using a range of outdoor games and activities to promote a connection with nature).
      • Teach Outdoor Practical Skills.
        • o Safe use of hand tools and associated skills.
        • o How to light, manage and use a campfire.
        • o Identification of woodland flora and fauna.
        • o Bushcraft skills.
        • Forest School Leader.
          • o Establishment of a Forest School
          • o How to identify, assess and manage risk.
          • o Transformational leadership & facilitation.

Cost £750

Entry Requirements

Participants must:

  • o Be over 21 years of age.
  • o Hold a qualification at level 2 or above in teaching, preschool education, youth work or countryside skills.
  • o Have experience working with young people.
  • o Hold an appropriate First Aid & DBS certificate by the end of the course (more information will be given during training).

Course requirements

On the Level Three course you will :-

Attend training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks.

Run a Forest School Programme in your chosen setting.

Have a work-based assessment.

Complete a portfolio for assessment.

There is a one day course completion / portfolio workshop about three quarters of the way through the course. In addition to the course dates, the lead tutor is available during the course for tutorial help by telephone or e mail.

If your organisation would like to block book a course for a minimum of 6 persons please contact us for further information as discounts are available.

Level 2 – 3 Top Up course

This course is for those who have successfully completed the Level Two Assist at Forest School course to top up to the Level Three Forest School Practitioner status.

Course requirements

Attend four training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks.

As for Level Three above.

If you would like to ‘top-up’ your existing Level 2 FS training to L3 these courses are now run in conjunction with our L3 training, please contact us to discuss which dates you will need to attend to achieve your L3.,

Course Layout

The first 7 days of your course will take blend theory and practical skills, taking place in a classroom and woodland environment. It will be run on Forest School

principals, so you will experience the Forest School ethos first hand. It will be led by Vicki Stewart, our director, who has 18 years of experience leading in the outdoors and is the Forest School Association Representative for Wiltshire. The programme runs from 9.30am – 4.30pm on one of our woodland areas.

There will be a portfolio development day about three quarters of the way through the course. You will plan and deliver a programme of 6 Forest School sessions and will be assessed on one of these by your tutor. We will visit you at your setting (freelance or organization) for this, and offer a site consultation to help you develop your provision. Your tutor will be available for advice on completing your portfolio, which can be done at your own pace, via telephone or email. The programme and portfolio should take place within 12 months from the course start date.

Is this course accredited / what qualification will I gain

On successful completion of the course, including portfolio, you will be awarded a Level 3 Certificate in Leading Forest Schools, which is a nationally recognized from the QCF (Qualification Credit Framework).

What will I need for the course?

Once your booking is confirmed you will be sent a full kit list, these are the things that you will need to bring with you each day:

A packed lunch and a cup for hot drinks.

Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions (trousers, not shorts, and a long sleeved top) Several thin layers are more effective at keeping you warm than one thick layer. You will be spending the day in the shade of the trees.

Waterproof jacket and trousers, a woolly hat and gloves if it is cold. Sun cream and hats as needed.

Stout shoes or boots with socks. For safety do not wear sandals or trainers

A notebook, pen and camera for recording information and activities.

What we will provide

Hot drinks and snacks.

All required paperwork.

All tools and equipment. Please DO NOT bring your own tools with you, including knives.

Course dates and booking

Please email or call 07968165874 for course dates and booking forms.

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