Accredited Forest School Training - Dates and Information

Please see below the list of dates for the courses available.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before booking your training with Where The Fruit Is.

This academic year (2020-2021) we are simplifying our CPD offer in response to Covid19; focusing our attention on supporting current projects and building effective partnerships to meet the pressing needs of schools and early years settings. 

We are listening to colleagues in schools and early years settings, responding to the widened experiential learning gap,  developing training that provides sustainable, holistic, emotion coaching in nature. 

We remain committed to the Forest School approach, promoting learner-centred opportunities for play, believing that Forest School is a powerful way to re-engage those children and young people most disadvantaged due to Covid19, with their peers and learning whilst caring for the wellbeing and mental health of staff and pupils.   

Please contact us if you want to know more about staff training around nature connection, emotion coaching and wellbeing.  

Our CPD offer will be reviewed in 2021.

Premium Level 3 Forest School Leader Training

Bespoke post-COVID 19

Course Information

  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Qualification awarded: Level 3 OCNWM Certificate for Forest School Leaders

  • Course length: 13 days (days/ dates to be agreed by the group)

  • Host site: Sylva Foundation and local woods in Oxfordshire

  • Cost: £1,350 incl VAT (per learner)

    (includes ongoing virtual face-to-face webinars training and support, online portfolio building, 10 days face-to-face training in the woods, course materials, registration and certification)

Price includes 

  • 16 hour Outdoor First Aid training
  • Delivery Assessment and mentoring
  • Membership of the Forest School Association
  • Online self-directed learning 
  • A full year access to  Red Squirrel Resources

NB – The  Forest School Association and the awarding body requires the learner to be at least 21 years old prior to certification.

  • This training requires the learner to have access to Zoom

Out of area assessments costs – an additional charge of £75 plus 45p per mile plus VAT is made for any Forest School delivery assessments carried out beyond a 50-mile radius of the training host site. 

This year-long course will be collaboratively designed by the trainees and trainers to be flexible and adaptable as we face the ongoing challenges of Covid19.

We will be joined by experienced Forest School leaders and other trainers throughout the year.

This course is fully booked.
Please contact us to join our waiting list.

Bespoke post-Covid19 (Sylva 4)

Course Information

  • Bespoke post-Covid19 (Sylva 4)
  • Host site: Sylva Foundation
    Sylva Wood Centre
    Little Wittenham Road
    Long Wittenham
    Oxfordshire
    OX14 4QT

This course is fully booked.
Please contact us to join our waiting list.

Introduction To Forest School (Level 1)

Course Information

  • Introduction To Forest School (Level 1)
  • Qualification awarded: OCNWM Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles
  • Course length: tbc
  • Trainers: Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: tbc
  • Cost: £420 incl VAT (per learner)
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)
Course Information
This is great for parents, young people and volunteers who want an introduction to the Forest School ethos. We have different models available for providing this training, it usually takes two long or three short days training with completion of a simple workbook. It could be presented as a set of twilights. This is a practical course which gives a good ’taste’ of Forest School.

Please contact us if you would like us to run this is in your setting for a group of adults. Group discounts may apply.

Level 1 Course requirements and details: The Forest School Association and Department for Education require the learner to be at least 14 years old.

Course Dates

  • please call for latest dates

Level 2 Forest School Assistant

Course Information

  • Level 2 Forest School Assistant
  • Qualification awarded: Level 2 OCNWM Award for Forest School Assistants
  • Course length: run concurrently with L3 Modules 1-3
  • Trainers: Sarah, Jen and Mhairi
  • Host site: tbc
  • Cost: £780 incl VAT (per learner)
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)
  • NB – Learner needs to be at least 19 years old at qualification.
Course Information
Many schools and nurseries are finding that a trained Forest School Assistant is a valuable addition to their team. This course requires the learner to support a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader with the planning and delivery of 3 consecutive sessions of a Forest School programme. We usually run this concurrently with our Level 3 training so learners often attend the first three modules with colleagues who are training as Level 3 Leaders.

Please contact us if you would like to explore this option.

Please note: this qualification does not equip nor qualify the learner to lead Forest School sessions in the absence of a qualified L3 Forest School Leader

Level 2 Course requirements and details:

Learner needs to be at least 19 years old at qualification. Two units of work, equal to 7 credits, evidenced by a portfolio requiring an average of 54 guided learning hours with a total qualification time of 70 hours. This means there are about 16 hours personal study for the learner to do at home.

Course Dates

tbc

Top Up Level 3

Course Information

  • Top Up Level 3
  • Qualification awarded: OCNWM Level 3
  • Course length: tbc
  • Trainers: Sarah Lawful
  • Host site: tbc
  • Cost: £780 incl VAT (per learner)
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)
Course Information
It is possible to top your level 2 training with this training, within two years of qualifying, by attending the additional modules of the Level 3 training, including gaining the Outdoor First Aid qualification, devising a handbook, planning and leading the first 6 sessions of a Forest School Programme and completing the portfolio of evidence.

Please contact us if you would like us to run this is in your setting.

Course Dates

  • please call or check back for latest dates

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Course Information

  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Qualification awarded: Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders Open College Network West Midlands
  • Course length: 10 days (spread over various lengths depending on course option) plus a half day delivery assessment 
  • Trainers: SarahJen, Mhairi and Chris
  • Host site: check on individual courses for the venue
  • Cost: £1,100 including VAT (per learner) includes all refreshments, lunch, equipment, resources, course materials, registrations, assessment, mentoring, verification and certification
  • Out of area assessments costs – an additional charge of £75 plus 45p per mile plus VAT is made for any Forest School delivery assessments carried out beyond a 50-mile radius of the training host site.
  • NB – The  Forest School Association and the awarding body, Open College Network West Midlands, require the learner to be at least 21 years old and to have a relevant two-day Outdoor First Aid qualification – with our premium training it is part of the course.

 

Course Information

This qualification provides the practitioner with the skills and knowledge to risk assess, set up and manage a Forest School site, it equips them to plan and safely facilitate challenging, learner led, Forest School programmes with a range of client groups in line with the Forest School ethos and principles.

Suitable for school and college staff, teachers, teaching assistants, and parent volunteers, youth workers and other education/ care practitioners. Organisations wishing to achieve the Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge will find this qualification supports the process.

Level 3 Course requirements and details:

The Forest School Association and Open College Network West Midlands require the learner to be at least 21 years old. The learner is also required to have a relevant two-day Outdoor First Aid qualification – which the learner will need to book separately.  With our premium training package, this is included.

This qualification, worth 18 credits over 5 units of work, is evidenced by a handbook, delivery assessment and portfolio. The learner is required to set up and lead the first 6 consecutive sessions of a longer-term Forest School programme, with the same client group. One of these sessions will be observed by a tutor as part of the supportive assessment framework.

Total qualification time 180 hours, including an average of 96 hours self-study over 9-12 months.

Please contact us if you would like us to run this is in your setting.

Course: April 2018 (Alternate Thursdays over 5 months) Sonning Common

Host site :
Sonning Common Primary School
Grove Road
Sonning Common
READING
RG4 9RJ

  • Module 1
    19.04.18 & 10.05.18
  • Module 2
    24.05.18 & 7.06.18
  • Outdoor First Aid
    tbc
  • Module 3
    21.06.18 & 5.07.18
  • Module 4
    19.07.18 & 13.09.18
  • Module 5
    11.10.18 & 31.10.18

Delivery assessment – learner needs to lead an Introductory Programme of 6 consecutive sessions with the same group of children October/ November / December 2018

10.01.18 Optional Portfolio day – Additional mentoring/ tutorial  cost £40 (incl. VAT)

24.01.19 – L3 Final submission date – Portfolio and Handbook

Course: April 2019 Rose Hill Primary

Host site :

Rose Hill Primary – Oxford City Centre

The Oval, Oxford OX4 4SF

  • Workshop 1  – 13.06.19 – Introduction to FS Ethos and Principles
  • Workshop 2 – 16.07.19 – 17.07.19
  • Workshop 3- 17.09.19 – 18.09.19
  • Workshop 4 – 15.10.19 – 16.09.19
  • Workshop 5 – 12.11.19 – 13.11.19  tbc

Delivery assessment – learner needs to lead an Introductory Programme of 6 consecutive sessions with the same group of children Autumn Term 2019

Optional Additional Course Dates –

  • 12.6.19 – 13.6.19  – 16-hour Outdoor First Aid Course
  • 18.9.19 – Level 2 Food Safety Exam
  • 21.01.20 Reflection and Portfolio day – Additional mentoring/ tutorial  cost £40 (incl. VAT)

Final submission date 28.01.20 – Portfolio and Handbook

Learners will need to visit a range of woodlands, study, practice skills and collaborate on presentations between the workshops. It is also important to visit at least one Forest School in action.

This option gives learners the opportunity for ongoing,  face-to-face feedback on assignments.