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 been delivering Forest School programmes to children in Surrey from schools, nurseries, youth and community groups of all ages and abilities.  They have 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.

Our courses

INSET training

Book an INSET 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.

Leader in Outdoor Learning

Become an accredited Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2), this course gives you the confidence and tools to make more use of your outdoor environment in your teaching and learning using your school grounds?  

Forest School Training 

Our Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants or Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders training courses are accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands.  Forest School is a specialised learning process that provides regular sessions for children to achieve and develop confidence through real life experiences in a natural environment.  Sessions are designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation via activities such as woodwork using tools, shelter building and natural art.

Course details and pricing

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants

Price: £475 (£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.

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

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Price: £900 (£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.

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

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

Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2)

Price: £425 (£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

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

INSET Training for Schools and Nursery settings

Price: (up to max 20 staff members)
FULL DAY £650
HALF DAY £350

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 

How to book onto a course

Please download our booking form below and 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’

Upcoming courses

Training enquiries

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

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

Testimonials

See what previous students have to say about our training courses...

Level 2 Forest School Student

This course was really thorough; it covered all areas that were appropriate and relevant.  It has the right amount of practical and theory, considering all areas of learning.

Level 3 Forest School Student

Both tutors are very competent, informative leaders who are very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Skills taught were all useful and play ideas were invaluable.

Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2) Student

I particularly enjoyed the practical workshops. Some great ideas thinking outside the box. I feel I can take all of these back to school and use them.

INSET Training day attendee

Taking part in some outdoor activities was a real eye opener on how and why children enjoy using the natural environment.

Running a Forest School on our land

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

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