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.

Premium Level 3 Forest School Leader

Course Information

  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • Qualification awarded: Level 3 OCNWM Certificate for Forest School Leaders
  • Course length: 13 days (spread over various lengths depending on course option)
  • Trainers: Sarah and Chris
  • Host site: check on individual courses for venue 
  • Cost: £1,350 incl VAT (per learner)
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)
  • Price includes 16 hr Outdoor First Aid training, Level 2 Outdoor Food Safety, Delivery Assessment and mentoring
  • NB – The  Forest School Association and the awarding body requires the learner to be at least 21 years old.
Course Information

The Forest School level 3 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. The training covers 5 units of study worth 18 credits at Level 3, requiring the completion of a portfolio of evidence and a group and site-specific handbook.  

This course is suitable for school and college staff, teachers, teaching assistants, and parent volunteers, youth workers and other education/ care practitioners – all learners must meet the minimum requirements of the awarding body and the Forest School Association.

In addition to 13 full days training the course costs to include:

  • 16-hour Outdoor First Aid training – Covers requirements for Institute for Outdoor Learning Outdoor First Aid Band 3 and Emergency Paediatric First Aid, exceeding the recommendations for an “Emergency First Aid at Work” first aider within a workplace (First Aid – Regulations 1981).
  • L2 Food Safety in the Outdoors
  • Ongoing mentoring and assessment for learning throughout the training
  • Access to skilled Forest School practitioners and the option to visit one in action
  • Opportunity to plan and lead a FS session with peers during a training day
  • Support to plan, lead and evaluate the first 6 weeks of an Introduction to Forest School programme   
  • A half day (supportive) delivery assessment during one of these 6 sessions
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • 50% membership of the Forest School Association
  • Access to 3 skill shares/ year   

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

Course: September 2018 (Alternate Thursdays over 8 months) Nettlebed & St Marys

Host sites :
Nettlebed Community School RG9 5DA

St Mary’s Preparatory School RG9 1HS

  • Day 1: 20.09.18
  • Day 2: 04.10.18
  • Day 3: 08.11.18
  • Day 4: 22.11.18
  • Day 5: 06.12.18
  • Day 6: 10.01.19
  • Day 7: 24.01.19
  • Day 8: 07.02.19
  • Day 9: 28.02.19
  • Day 10: 07.03.19
  • Day 11: 21.03.19
  • Day 12: 04.04.19
  • NB one of these dates will have an additional Wednesday or Friday attached to it for the two days 16-hour Outdoor First Aid.

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

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

Final submission date 28.06.19 – Portfolio and Handbook

Course: October 18 Adventure Plus

Host sites :

Adventure Plus – Clanfield

Adventure Plus,
Main Street,
Clanfield,
Oxfordshire, OX18 2SN

• October 18- 15th,16th, 17th, 18th  (two of these dates will be the 16-hour Outdoor First Aid course)

• November 18- 12th, 13th, 14th

• January 19- 7th, 8th, 9th

• February 19- 10th, 11th, 12th (one date includes the Level 2 Food Safety exam)

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

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

Final submission date 19.07.19 – Portfolio and Handbook

Course: March 19 (Alternate Tuesdays & Wednesdays) Rose Hill Primary

Host site :

Rose Hill Primary – Oxford City Centre

The Oval, Oxford OX4 4SF

• Day 1 – 12.3.19

• Day 2 – 13.3.19

• Day 3 – 30.4.19  

• Day 4 – 1.5.19

• Day 5 – 11.6.19

• Day 6 – 12.6.19  (16-hour Outdoor First Aid Course)

• Day 7- 13.6.19 (16-hour Outdoor First Aid Course)

• Day 8 – 16.7.19

• Day 9 – 17.7.19

• Day 10 – 17.9.19

• Day 11- 18.9.19 (Level 2 Food Safety Exam)

• Day 12 – 15.10.19

• Day 13 – 16.10.19

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

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

Final submission date 12.11.19 – Portfolio and Handbook

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

Course: April 2018 (Alternate Thursdays)Venue TBC

Host site :
TBC

  • Module 1
    19.04.18 & 10.05.18
  • Module 2
    24.05.18 & 7.06.18
  • Module 3
    21.06.18 & 5.07.18
  • Portfolio Submission 31.10.18

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 OCNWM Certificate for Forest School Leaders
  • Course length: 12 days (spread over various lengths depending on course option)
  • Trainers: Sarah, Jen, Mhairi and Chris
  • Host site: check on individual courses for venue
  • Cost: £1,200 incl VAT (per learner)
    (includes all refreshments, lunch, course materials, registration and certification)
  • Price includes 16 hr Outdoor First Aid training, Delivery Assessment and mentoring
  • NB – The  Forest School Association and Department for Education require the learner to be at least 21 years old.
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 Department for Education 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 – with our training it is part of the course.

18 credits over 5 units of work, evidenced by a handbook, delivery assessment and portfolio. The learner is required to set up and lead the first 6 consecutive sessions of a long 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: December 2017 (Weekends over 12 months) Oxford

Course A – Weekend training – Starts Dec 2017

Host site :
Forest Farm
Oxford Montessori School
Elsfield
Oxford
OX3 9UW

  • Module 1
    2.12.17 & 13.01.18 Saturdays
  • Module 2
    3.02.18 & 3.03.18 Saturdays
  • Outdoor First Aid
    21.04.18 – 22.04.18 Saturday and Sunday
  • Module 3
    5.05.18 & 9.06.18 Saturdays
  • Module 4
    7.07.18 & 15.09.18 Saturdays
  • Module 5
    6.10.18 & 10.11.18 Saturdays

Handbooks submitted for assessment by 7.09.10 prior to leading sessions. First 6 weeks of an Introduction to Forest School Programme to be run by learner in September – October will include half day delivery assessment

1.12.18 Optional Portfolio day – Additional mentoring/ tutorial cost £40 plus VAT

Final submission date Portfolio and Handbook tbc

Course: April 2018 (Spread over *School Holidays) Sylva, Long Wittenham

Host site :
Sylva Foundation
Sylva Wood Centre,
Little Wittenham Road,
Long Wittenham,
Oxfordshire
OX14 4QT

  • Module 1
    9.04.18 & 10.04.18 (Easter Holidays)
  • Module 2
    31.05.18 & 1.06.18 (Summer half term)
  • Module 3
    13.08.18- 14.08.18 (Summer holiday)
  • Outdoor First Aid.
    15.08.18-16.08.18 (Summer holiday)
  • Module 4
    25.10.18 & 26.10.18 (October half term)
  • Module 5
    21.02.19 & 22.02.19 (February half term)

Delivery assessment – learner needs to lead an Introductory Programme of 6 consecutive sessions with the same group of children December 2018 – January  2019. A half day delivery assessment and tutorial meeting will be arranged for one of these sessions.

26.11.18 Optional Portfolio day – additional mentoring/ tutorial cost £40 plus VAT

Portfolio and Handbook Final submission date – 15.03.18

  • The dates are based on our understanding of the school holidays. Please check the dates to make sure that they work for you.

 

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