Forest School and Teacher Training Courses

Forest School & Teacher Training Courses

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Training courses

Undertake training in a variety of outdoor learning disciplines with Surrey Wildlife Trust...

Our trainers are highly experienced providers of environmental education, with whom nature and wildlife is always a central element of their life.  They have delivered Forest School programmes to children of all ages and abilities within schools, nurseries, youth and community groups throughout Surrey and hold a range of qualifications between them as qualified Teachers, Forest School Trainers, Level 3 Forest School Leaders and Outdoor Learning Officers.  All our trainers are Outdoor First Aid qualified.

Forest School Training qualifications

Forest School is different from most other forms of 'environmental education' in that it involves regular sessions in the same woods, in a natural environment and the activities are mainly determined by the children and are predominately play based.  Sessions are designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation via activities such as woodwork using tools, shelter building and natural art.  Our Forest School training courses are accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM) and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders qualification this 5 day 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 in order to complete a Level 3 qualification.  

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants this 4 day course is designed to qualify the learner to become a Forest School Assistant, enabling them to take a proactive role in helping a Forest School Leader plan and deliver a Forest School programme and supporting the learners.

L2 to Level 3 Top Up Course this 4 day top up course is designed for those already with a Forest School Level 2 Assistant qualification who wish to Top Up to a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification.

Please download our Forest School School Training Guide below for more information, pricing and course requirements.

Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2) qualification

Become a qualified Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2), accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands.  This 3 day course gives you the confidence and tools using primary curriculum linked activities to make more use of your outdoor environment in your teaching and learning using your school grounds?

INSET Staff Training Days

Book an INSET Staff training day and provide an exciting opportunity to inspire, challenge and develop your staff's confidence in outdoor play and learning within your primary or secondary school or nursery setting.  We can tailor the training to suit your outdoor learning requirements, we offer full and half day programmes.  

Taster morning sessions

Unsure what to expect ?  Why not book onto one of our Forest School training or Leader in Outdoor Learning taster morning sessions!  A chance to find out more about what is involved in our training courses, have a go at some of the activities and speak to our experienced Tutors.

Course details and pricing

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Price: £950 (£200 deposit)

Top-Up to Level 3: £500 ( £200 deposit)

Our Level 3 course is tailored for those who wish to lead their own Forest School programme. The course includes seven tutor lead days including 2 days skills weekend covering: 

✓ 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.

✓ Mentoring days - monthly face to face opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on your portfolio.  We strongly recommend you attend one of our mentoring sessions

Level 3 Course dates for 2019/20 (5 days) :

Monday 17th to 21st June 2019 at Bay Pond, Godstone RH9

Saturday 5th & 6th October, Saturday 9th, 10th & 11th November 2019 at Nower Wood KT22 8QA

Thursday 6th & 7th February and Wednesday 11th, 12th & 13th March 2020 at Pucks Oak Barn GU3 1EG

Download our Forest School Training Guide below for more information about this course.

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants

Price: £490 (£100 deposit)

Our Level 2 course is tailored for those who wish to assist with a Forest School programme. The course includes a 4 day initial OCN training course covering: 

✓ Assisting with the planning and running of 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.

Level 2 Course dates for 2019 (4 days) :

* 24th to 27th June 2019 at Pucks Oak Barn GU3 1EG

* 17th & 18th October and 14th & 15th November 2019 at Nower Wood KT22 8QA 

Download our Forest School Training Guide below for more information about this course.

Level 2 to Level 3 Top Up Forest School training course

LEVEL 3 TOP-UP PRICE : £500  (A £200 deposit is required with the booking form to confirm a place)

This 4 day top up course is designed for those already with a Forest School Level 2 Assistant qualification who wish to achieve their Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders qualification, accredited by Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM) and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.  Proof of current Level 2 qualification is required when booking. 

Course dates for 2019 :

Monday 8th to 11th July 2019 at Nower Wood KT22 8QA

Please download our booking form below, for more information please email outreach@surreywt.org.uk  

Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2)

Price: £360 (£100 deposit)

This three day course is accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands.  You will use exciting primary curriculum linked activities to help you become a qualified Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2).

You will spend one day visiting a local school to learn more about how they use their resources, and receive portfolio advice and assessment for the duration of the course, completion is expected within 6 months.

During the course you will learn:

  • Experience of outdoor activity ideas for core and foundation subjects

  • Knowledge of research demonstrating the benefits of outdoor learning
  •  Skills to maximise outdoor play for learning in break times
  • Ability to improve your school grounds for learning
  • Awareness of wider schemes and programmes to support you
  • Skills for managing classes outdoors
  • Awareness of good health and safety practice and appropriate risk taking
  • Identify activities to support children's interest in local wildlife

You will cover the following units for your portfolio;

  • Benefits of Outdoor Learning
  • Engaging children with local wildlife
  • Health and Safety in the natural environment
  • Learning in the natural environment
  • Using and improving the school grounds and the natural environment

Course dates for 2019/20 (3 days) :

Monday 30th September, Tuesday 1st October and Monday 21st October 2019 at Pucks Oak Barn GU3 1EG

Monday 2nd & 3rd March and Monday 30th March 2019 at Bay Pond, Godstone RH9 8DU

Read more from Laura Stone our very own expert, about how this course is different from other courses out there;

Read Laura's blog

Click on our Upcoming Courses link below for course dates.  For more information please contact Victoria Pinder 01483 663300 or email outreach@surreywt.org.uk

INSET Training for Schools and Nursery settings

Price: (up to max 20 staff members)
FULL DAY £725
HALF DAY £425

Our INSET Training provides an exciting opportunity to inspire, challenge and develop your staff’s confidence in outdoor play and learning within your school or nursery setting!  Cost £350 Half Day, £650 Full Day (up to max. 20 staff members).

Our popular curriculum based topics include;

  • Literacy in the Outdoor Classroom
  • Numeracy in the Outdoor Classroom
  • An introduction to a Forest School Programme
  • Developing your grounds for Learning

The training is suitable for any member of staff, including Head Teachers, Class Teachers, Teaching Assistants, SENCOs, LSAs/TAs, EYFS, KS1 & KS2, dinner and break staff. We can focus on Early Years or Primary level.

We can tailor our INSET training to suit your specific requirements at your site, whether its pond dipping, playground games or a forest school taster, we will provide all equipment and resources needed. Please contact us to discuss our range of skills and expertise to get exactly what you want from your inset day.

Our inset training includes an introduction to the benefits of outdoor learning, practical activities within your school setting and action planning.

For more information please contact Victoria Pinder at outreach@surreywt.org.uk 

Taster morning sessions

We run a taster session for both Forest School Training and Leader in Outdoor Learning qualifications.  Price is £34 the taster sessions are run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, booking online is essential.  Please search our What's On for current taster courses available or email outreach@surreywt.org.uk for more information.

 

Use this link to find the next available course

 

Upcoming courses

 

How to book onto a course

Please download our booking form below and email to outreach@surreywt.org.uk or post to:
Victoria Pinder, Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0JN.

A deposit is required with the booking form to confirm a place on a course (see below).

Payment:
Please make cheques payable to ‘Surrey Wildlife Trust’ and send to the address above.
BACS: Bank of Scotland 80-11-00 Account. 06053499 reference ‘your name’

All Training course enquiries

Email us at outreach@surreywt.org.uk or call us on 01483 663300

*Please not that we cannot guarantee a place until a deposit has been received. The deposit is non-refundable if cancellation is made less than 14 days before the course starts.

Booking Form & Forest School Training Guide

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If you wish to undertake Forest School activities on one of the sites we manage, please get in touch.

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