Monday, 11 November 2019

Forest School Level 3 Training

Forest School Leader Level 3

We are excited to announce that we have an opportunity to provide Forest School training (level 3) through the Teaching School, as we have been able to enlist a Forest School trainer to fully deliver the training.

Level 3 is designed to qualify the trainee 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 Leader.

The training will take place at Holly Trees Primary School in Brentwood. The Level 3 Certificate in Leading Forest School qualification requires you to spend a total of 5 days of training, followed by 4 days of assessment (dates to be clarified). There is also a written portfolio to complete which is roughly ‘A’ level standard.

Normally the cost of full training, would be £750. However, through the Teaching School, we will be able to subsidise this cost and offer this to all schools at the fantastic price of £500 per participant. This covers all training days, observation assessment, portfolio marking and certification.

What will you need to consider before you go on a training course?

  • You will need enthusiasm. Bags of this will go a long way! 
  • You do not need any specialist knowledge or previous skills to access this course. 
  • Your Forest School Adventure may start with your learning on a training course, but the learning will not end when you have your certificate.
  • Your school/setting/organisation will need to be behind you, as they will need to help you with organising and running your first project (which will happen during your training).
  • You will need to run six sessions of Forest School between the initial training and the assessment week (although no tool work or fires until fully qualified)
  • You will need to complete a 16 hour paediatric outdoor first aid course separately. The first aid can be done whenever suits individuals or organisations but must be completed before teaching tools and fires once you achieve Level 3.
  • You will need to identify a site you can use and a group to work with. (We have a site available in Havering)

If you require any further details or would like to express an interest, please contact Joanne Stanley at

Dates will be confirmed once we have confirmed numbers to ensure the dates are workable for all.

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