CPD Course 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.

16 hour Outdoor First Aid training

Course Information

  • Title: 16-hour Outdoor First Aid training
  • This 16-hour training can be booked as a stand-alone course, it is included in the L3 Forest School Leader premium training package.
  • The practical sessions require you to be prepared to be outside in all weathers. Our training will be in realistic and authentic outdoor conditions.
  • The learner may need access to a computer with a microphone and camera – in the event of Covid19 mitigation, a blended course will be substituted.


  • Dates: 16th-17th October
  • Time:  9.30 am – 6.00 pm.
  • Trainer: Brendan Goswell  
  • Host site: The Studio, Sonning Common Primary School
    Grove Road, Sonning Common
  • Cost: £175 including VAT (includes access to online materials)
  • Covid19 – measures 
    Participants will need to bring their own refreshments and lunch/ afternoon tea. 
    We will be outside as much as possible and will be training in a small group, no more than 8 participants. We will have access to a toilet which is only used by us.
Course Information

This is an industry specific two day (16hr) Outdoor First Aid Training for Forest School Leaders and Outdoor/ Education professionals e.g.  DofE Expedition Leaders, Outward Bounds, Guiding/ Scouting, Youth Leaders

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 (H & S -First Aid – Regulations 1981).

The training is certificated by the Lifesigns Group (Health & Safety Executive Approval Number: 128/00) and is valid for 3 years.

This professional training equips you to deal with incidents in woodland and countryside settings which are often remote – meaning 30 mins or more from safety.

The ECP (Expedition Care Programme) is run outdoors in a woodland Forest School setting in all weathers, to make your training as realistic and relevant as we can for Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning situations. The training course is recognised by all national outdoor governing bodies.

Challenging Behaviour and Well Being in the Outdoors

Course Information

  • Course Title: Challenging Behaviour and Well Being in the Outdoors
  • 3 day course including Michael James, Forest School and Autism workshop
  • Dates: tbc
  • Trainers: Jon Cree, Michael James and Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £408 incl VAT (accredited L3 Working with challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors OCNWM)
    or £330 incl VAT (non accredited)
Course Information

Join three experienced and enthusiastic practitioners for a common sense course, relevant to primary and secondary practitioners, working in mainstream and SEND provision.  Each workshop will be a balance of research based theory and practical application, through scenarios and nature connection. 

Expect to think hard, as we discover the value of fire to create a community of learning and find out why empathy is one of the most effective strategies to have in your ‘kit’. Deepen your understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), attachment and attunement. Hear the voices of autistic people, to know how best to meet the needs of each individual through challenging your thinking and behaviour. 

Equip yourself with some powerful ‘relationship building tools’, creating a responsive kind, behaviour policy, improving outcomes for everyone.

An average of 8 hours further study and submission of a portfolio will be required for accreditation. 

We will follow current guidelines for working safely both in/outdoors.

Topics Covered Include: (click to expand)
  • Triggers and causes of ‘challenging behaviour’
  • Neural and behavioural research
  • Identifying learners’ needs and effective ways of meeting them
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Validity and efficacy of sanctions and rewards
  • Formulation and reviewing of policies
  • Using the natural world to promote well being , self esteem and develop emotional intelligence
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies indoors and to other settings
  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors and looking after ourselves;

Accredited by Open College Network West Midlands this Level 3 course, worth 3 credits,  is taught over three days (22 guided learning hours) with approximately 8 hours personal study and reflection required to complete the workbook .

Forest School and Autism

Course Information

  • Title: Creating Autism Inclusive Forest School Programmes 
  • Venue: Sylva Wood Centre 
  • Date: TBC 
  • Workshop Leader: Michael James
  • Cost: £130 including VAT 
Course Information

This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in creating autism inclusive Forest School programmes. The workshop will involve a mixture of discussion and practical activity and will provide an opportunity for those new to the subject to gain awareness of how to better understand the needs of learners with autism. This workshop will also provide an opportunity for people already involved in running autism inclusive sessions to share practice and network.

Aims of the workshop: 

Michael has almost 20  years’ experience supporting autistic people in a variety of settings and is the author of “Forest School and Autism”. He is an experienced level 3 Forest School practitioner whose workshops fill immediately at conferences!  Whenever practicable Michael will be accompanied by autistic colleagues, themselves working with neurodivergent people. They bring lived experience of positive and negative learning experiences.  Michael’s approach reflects the Forest School ethos and principles.

This will be an interactive workshop with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion as well as reflection. 

  • What is Autism? Discussion of the process and history of AS diagnosis and why the learner led ethos of Forest School can suit AS learners.
  • Partnership working and the importance of preparation.
  • Communication and social interaction – individual communication profiles and effective channels of communication that work well e.g. social stories.
  • Social interaction and play – time and space inherent in the Forest School approach.
  • Executive function and systemising.
  • Sensory processing difficulties.
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety.
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School.

We will be outside for much of the training so participants are asked to dress for the weather, with appropriate footwear. There is some light tool use and exploring the woods. All activities are fully risk assessed.

“The knowledge the team had was amazing. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday.”

“Michael is a fantastic speaker and explainer. It was great to delve deeper into the world of autism and how beneficial FS is. The setting was perfect, soup delicious and people friendly”

“Very well structured and delivered. Easy to take in. Hugely informative and confidence boosting in terms of what you are doing already to be inclusive. Amazing insight into autism from an expert. Feel much better equipped to identify autism and tailor make an approach”

“Good balance of conversation and activities.”

“Just great to get together with other FS practitioners who shared a wealth of experiences and strategies”

“Workshop was brilliant- really engaging and informative. Good mix of group discussion and tutor teaching. Michael’s knowledge and enthusiasm were over and above what I could have imagined, and has totally inspired me to do more with my practice. Thank you.”

Well-being in the Outdoors: Earthed

Course Information

  • Course Title: Well-being in the Outdoors
  • Date: New date to be announced
  • Trainer: Jon Cree 
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £130 including VAT
  • Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Course Information

Children’s well-being is crucial, not just for their own lives, but for society as a whole. The Good Childhood Report 2016, The Children’s Society

An internationally recognised trainer, Jon Cree brings a lifetime’s experience and wisdom of mentoring nature connection; advocating for kind, respectful teaching with a balanced approach to self-directed education and wise stewardship of our planet. Jon has worked with all ages, across all key stages, bringing his knowledge of neuroscience and expertise working with vulnerable teenagers and children alongside his passion for working in the outdoors.

  • Experience an Earthwalk – guided series of nature connections planned with the season, weather and terrain in mind.
  • Why playing and learning outdoors is vital for children and young people’s mental and physical health. 
  • How to mentor/ engage with children’s thinking and play in the natural world – creating a culture of mutual trust and healthy relationships.
  • Learning theories and building a healthy brain.
  • Vision statements and behaviour policies.

Grounded in up to date research, this workshop will be a variety of practical and theoretical tasks, including scenarios,  group collaboration and personal reflection.

Paths to resilience: Emotion coaching in nature

Course Information

  • Course Title: Paths to Resilience: Emotion coaching in Nature 
  • Date: tbc
  • Trainer:  Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £130 including VAT 
  • Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Course Information

Sarah brings her expertise in emotion coaching through nature, along with some enthusiastic gnomes, for a day of seeing the world through a child’s/ young person’s eyes. Using our time in some beautiful outdoor environments we will explore the symbolism and benefits nature affords us. 

Building on each other’s experiences and knowledge we will learn together how to communicate these vitally important messages to our own teams, promoting resilience and emotional intelligence, improving outcomes for all.  

  • Choice, control and freedom.
  • Risk Benefit approach – an empowering model of risk assessment that unlocks adventures. 
  • Well-being and agency – why the two go hand in hand.
  • Ways of observing and mentoring children’s play. 
  • Understand the importance of play in all Key Stages for learning – play for enjoyment, discovery, innovation, creativity.
  • Deepen your own self awareness and understand how to use knowledge of ‘brain science’ to begin changing habits. 
  •  Writing and communicating your nature play policy. 


This training is also available for teams and whole school staff. 

Please contact us via our contact form.