Training Courses

COURSE DATES 2018

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (5 days)

22nd & 23rd March, 20th April, 17th & 18th May 2018 at Bay Pond

23rd & 24th April, 22nd May, 18th & 19th June 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn

25th - 29th June 2018 at Nower Wood

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants (4 days)

12th - 15th March 2018 at Bay Pond

1st & 2nd and 29th & 30th October 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn

 

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Forest School Training

Become a Forest School Leader with accredited training from the Trust.

 

We offer different training courses, Level 2 and Level 3 as well as further CPD courses once you are qualified

Promoting the reconnection between people and their natural environment is at the heart of our Forest School ethos, and this is reflected in all areas of our courses. We recognise the vital importance of promoting an understanding of the natural world and see the Forest School training programme as an ideal medium for delivery.

Being a local training provider, we are often able to support new leaders on a personal level throughout their training and in the establishment of their own Forest Schools.

Our trainers are experienced providers of environmental education, and have been delivering Forest School programmes to children in Surrey from schools, nurseries and youth and community groups for some years.

We are active members of the Forest School Association (FSA).

Forest School Taster Experience

If you would like to know more about Forest School, why not come along to one of our half-day taster mornings;

Friday 9th March 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm at Nower Wood, Leatherhead

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm at Pucks Oak Barn, Compton

The experience costs £26, to book a place please visit our What's On section.

For further information about our Forest School taster experience, please contact Victoria Pinder tel. 01483 663300 or email outreach@surreywt.org.uk.

Our Training

We offer a Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants and a Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders, as well as further CPD courses once you are qualified.

Learn about the forest school approach to learning, practical skills and woodland management, and how to establish and deliver your own programme.  Gain a nationally recognised qualification accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands.

The Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders includes:

✓ 5 day initial training course covering the OCN units.  This includes planning for and running your forest school; policies and procedures, risk assessment, session planning.  Theories of learning and development and background to forest schools.  Practical skills and woodland management including fire-lighting, tool use, games, identification and use of woodland resources.

✓ Skills weekend - 2 days assessing and consolidating ideas.

✓ Portfolio advice and assessment. 

✓ Additional support and feedback through observations of your Forest School practice.

✓ Optional mentoring days - a regular face to face opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on your portfolio work.

 

The Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants includes:

✓ 4 day initial training course covering the OCN units.  This includes planning for and running your forest school; risk assessment, background to forest schools.  Practical skills and woodland management including fire lighting, tool use, games, identification and use of woodland resources.

✓ Portfolio advice and assessment.

✓ Optional mentoring days - a regular face to face opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on your portfolio work.

 

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