Course Dates 2017: April 26th - 29th, May 16th-19th + portfolio day + consultation / assessment day TBC.
September 27-30th, October 12-14th + portfolio day + consultation / assessment dayTBC.
The Level 3 course is designed for those who would like to set up and run a forest School programmes.
There are five Units of Study at Level 3:
Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Teach Outdoor Practical Skills
Forest School Leader
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 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 email.
Entry Qualification Required: Level 2 Qualification in Education, Youth Work, Child care etc. OR Level 2 Qualification in Forest School, Countryside, Woodland Management etc. AND at least two years experience with client groups. Disclosure and Barring Service checking and an appropriate First Aid qualification is usually required to run Forest Schools.
Discounts 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.
Funding You can use your Enhanced Learning Credits for Forest School Level 3. We are hoping to be eligible for 24+ loans very soon. Local council funding, lottery groups and local co-operative funding is often available for courses such as Forest School which will benefit the local community.
Forest School Level 1 (Introduction) & Level 2 (Assistant). These courses are run alongside our Level 3 Course, but require fewer training days. Please email for information.
Outdoor Learning Practitioner Level 2 The Outdoor Learning Practitioner training course has been piloted, reviewed and adapted to ensure it fits the needs of educational professionals and the revised national curriculum. Completion of the course only takes two and a half days ( plus some structured ‘homework’ in between the course days) and it is designed to be as practical, accessible & supportive as possible in helping you to make a success in implementing a programme of Outdoor Learning. Content of the course is summarised below:
Understanding the benefits and risks of using the outdoors as a learning environment, looking at the background and context of modern outdoor learning
Learning how to make an holistic approach to implementing outdoor learning – getting everyone ‘on board’ with your plans.
Planning & delivering seasonal outdoor learning by building specific skills and confidence in a range of areas that can be developed / enhanced in school grounds and in the local environment.
Knowing how to sustainably manage and improve outdoor learning environments, looking at ecological structures in the natural environment, identifying species in our own local natural environments
Looking at the wider context of Learning Outside the Classroom and making plans to utlise your local natural and built environment in curriculum delivery.
Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator Level 3 Cost: £200 + VAT or £400 + VAT when you sign up to both OLP and OLC courses (discount of £50 given).
Outdoor Learning Coordinator Level 3 is a two day course designed for those who would like to further their OL skills, be a part of sucessfully embedding outdoor learning in their organisation and making it accessible to all. This course is only available to those that have completed the L2 OL Practitioner Award. Course content summary:
Background of educational practice of modern Outdoor Learning including a review of research & practice in recent years.
Auditing existing provision and practice, creating procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy
Site / grounds planning and sustainable management
Planning year round programmes of OL
Building on Outdoor Learning Skills
Guidance for cascading new skills to other staff members
Forest School Location We offer nationally accredited outstanding training courses, OCN Forest School Leader Levels 1-3, with rave reviews, at the beautiful Ashdown House National Trust Forest (RG17 8RE). We are on the Berkshire / Oxfordshire / Wiltshire border, 15 mins drive from the M4, accessible by train /bus & bicycle. Practical elements of the course take place under Ygrdsill, the ancient ash tree in the woods, under the cover of our parachute and warmed by the campfire. The classroom sessions are held in the comfortable old stable yard conference rooms.
Outdoor Learning Courses Location These courses are run at Highworth Community Centre SN6 7PE a former school with an outstanding outdoor learning area of meadow, orchard and woodland area. We chose this site because most of our practitioners will be running their sessions on a similar school site, and we can demonstrate to you how all the ideas and activities work on a typical school site with tarmac area, playground and outdoor learning area.
Our Standards for Forest School & Outdoor Learning We partner with a member of the Forest School Association and UK Forest School Trainers Network member, Cambium Sustainable, in order to ensure our courses are always up to date with UK best practice and that they are nationally standardised. This provides for you:
- UK Forest School Association and OCN approved quality of content. - Modular courses which accredit your prior work towards Outdoor Learning & Forest School Qualifications. For you this means value for the training investment of your time and money that you put into each level of qualification. - Local & centralised on-call support while you are completing your training and portfolio. - Small courses (16 people max) with two experienced trainers who are current Forest School practitioners and not just training deliverers. - Follow up sessions / consultations in your own settings and help with finding your own settings if you need it. You attend the training days, practical skills, portfolio working days, and and entitled to attend free campfire skill share evenings. - A supportive learning environment where learners finish their full qualifications, rather than a remote training organisation. READ MORE ABOUT OUR STANDARDS HERE