Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (April 2019 Guildford) traini...

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Complete your Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders qualification with Surrey Wildlife Trust. This training course is a nationally recognised qualification, accredited by Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM) and recognised by The Institute for Outdoor Learning.

The course dates (5 days) are : Monday 29th April to Friday 3rd May 2019 followed by a skills weekend on 19th & 20th October 2019. Course day runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The Level 3 course is designed to qualify the learner to become a Forest School Leader, able to set up and run a Forest School programme. Level 3 covers how to facilitate groups in a learner-centred way, and how to manage a Forest School site sustainably. It also covers the practical skills required of a Forest School practitioner. You do not need a Level 2 qualification in order to complete a Level 3.

Our Level 3 course will cover the following;

  • Understanding the Forest School ethos and approach to learning and development.

  • Learn how to safely establish & deliver a Forest School programme

  • Practice the skills to help children learn & develop in a woodland environment

  • Learn how to manage your woodland site and an understanding of the ecological impact

The course content includes;

✓ 5 day initial training course covering the OCNWM units. This includes planning for and running your forest school; policies and procedures, risk assessment and session planning.

Theories of learning and development and background to forest schools. The structure of woodland and the ecological impact and flora and fauna identification.

✓ Practical skills including shelters, knots, fire-lighting, hand tool use, crafts, games and use of woodland resources.

✓ To be able to plan and deliver a minimum of six consecutive Forest School sessions.

An observation by one of our SWT Tutors to one of your chosen sessions.

✓ Two skills days - assessing and consolidating ideas.

✓ To complete a portfolio alongside receiving advice/guidance and assessment from our Tutors.

✓ Attend optional mentoring days – run as a drop in session each month, this an opportunity to ask our Tutors questions, receive advice and work on your portfolio.

Booking on this course is essential, the total course fee is £950.00. We require a £200 deposit to confirm a place on the course along with a completed booking form.

For more information please register your details and we will contact you.

Alternatively please call Victoria Pinder 01483 663300 or email outreach@surreywt.org.uk

Course requirements :

  • The minimum age for this qualification is 19 yeras old, participants must have significant experience of working with young people or adults, for example youth workers, teachers or teaching assistants. The minimum age for a qualified Forest School Leader is 21 years old. This is a Forest School Association (FSA) and Department of Education requirement.

  • All participants must be DBS checked.

  • Be able to deliver a six session Forest School programme to a target client group.

  • 1 assessment visit in your setting.

  • When leading a Forest School you need a first aid qualification, this can be either First Aid at Work (3 days) or First Aid in the Outdoors (2 days). Due to the outdoor nature of the work the Outdoor First Aid qualification is recommended, especially if forest school sessions take place in remote locations. We regularly run First Aid courses as part of our CPD for Forest School practitioners.

  • 5 days initial theory and practice.

  • 2 days skills weekend. About six months through the Level 3 course we will bring you back for a weekend to further assess and extend your skills.

  • Completed portfolio of written tasks.

  • Commitments (approx 180 hours).

The course normally takes participants a year to complete.

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