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
  • Cost: £175 including VAT (includes access to online materials)
  • 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.

Courses

  • Dates: 28th – 29th May 2021
  • Time:  8.30 am – 6.00 pm.
  • Trainer: Brendan Goswell  
  • Host site:
    Sylva Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QT

 

  • Dates: 17th-18th July 2021
  • Time:  8.30 am – 6.00 pm.
  • Trainer: Brendan Goswell  
  • Host site:
    Riverside Centre, Donnington Bridge, Meadow Lane, Oxford,  OX4 4AZ

  • Dates: 24th – 25th July 2021
  • Time:  8.30 am – 6.00 pm.
  • Trainer: Brendan Goswell  
  • Host site:
    Riverside Centre, Donnington Bridge, Meadow Lane, Oxford,  OX4 4AZ

COVID 19 Measures

  • Participants will need to bring their own refreshments and lunch/ afternoon tea. We advise you to bring your own hand sanitiser and ask you to bring and wear a mask for close partner work, in line with current government guidance
  • We will have access to a toilet which is only used by us
  • If you become unwell with Covid before the training or are asked to isolate we will do our best to provide you with an alternative date or will refund the training fee
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 ProTraining and is valid for 3 years. It equips you to deal with incidents in woodland and countryside settings which are often remote – meaning 30 mins or more from safety.

Part of the training will happen indoors with scenarios outdoors, in a woodland Forest School setting, in all weathers. Please dress accordingly.

The training course is recognised by all national outdoor governing bodies.

Regeneration: Well being, Connection and Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats it’s children 
                                                                                                                         – Nelson Mandela, 1995

Course Information

  • Dates:
    In-person training 4th – 6th August 2021              
        plus 2 evening study support webinar dates – agreed with group 
  • Trainers: Jon Cree and Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £420 incl VAT (accredited L3 Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors OCNWM) with optional webinar study support or £340 incl VAT (non-accredited)
Course Information

Join two experienced and enthusiastic practitioners for an evidence based, nature connecting course, relevant to early years, primary and secondary practitioners, those working in mainstream, SEND and alternative provision.  

Each day will be a balance of experiential learning, research-based theory, practical application, group and paired collaboration.   

We will explore the importance of self-awareness and how valuable authenticity is to effect real change when working with our groups. How does nature teach us and how can we listen more?

This training offers insight and practical ways of using nature based practice alongside knowledge of the personal and generational challenges faced by children and young people post-Covid.

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

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

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Bring the stories and the voices of those you work with to create scenarios. As a group we will consider how best to meet the needs of individuals through challenging our own thinking and behaviour. We will identify the patterns we get stuck in and how our personal values impact on our responses to children and young people, particularly when we find their behaviours inconvenient and challenging.

Enjoy space and time to think 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 our ‘kit’. Deepen your understanding of how humans function. Explore interpersonal neurobiology, including attachment, attunement, co-regulation and polyvagal theory.

Discover strategies to build rapport, empower young people, enhance communication and nurture relationships. Our training draws on the work of experts, including Amy Banks, Nancy Kline, Carl Rogers, Marshall Rosenberg, Peter Levine and Sir Al Aynsley-Green (England’s first Children’s Commissioner).

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

You will:
  • identify your core values
  • explore how you and our wider society see childhood 
  • confront the obstacles and attitudes faced by young people 
  • consider systems thinking  
  • be more anxiety and trauma aware
  • understand all behaviour as communication 
  • develop insight into dealing with bullying and socialisation issues
  • develop a deeper understanding of sensory processing issues 
  • practice a restorative mediation approach
  • identify how to create psychological safety  
  • practice non-violent communication 
  • explore the 8 senses and embodied practice
  • learn how to direct less and trust more
  • be empowered to advocate for children and young people
  • know how to share this respectful, relational and responsible approach with managers, colleagues, families and young people

 

Creating Autism Accepting Communities Through Forest School

Course Information

  • Title: Creating Autism Accepting Communities Through Forest School 
  • Length: Two day workshop 
  • Workshop Leader: Michael James
  • Cost: £220 including VAT
    (please contact us if you need to pay in instalments or are unable to pay and really need to attend)

Dates

  • 25th – 26th June 2021
  • Venue: Sylva Wood Centre, Little Wittenham Road, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QT

We will be outside for much of the training, participants are asked to dress for the weather, with appropriate footwear, and to bring a camping chair.   All activities are fully risk assessed.

COVID 19 Measures

  • Participants will need to bring their own refreshments and lunch/ afternoon tea. We advise you to bring your own hand sanitiser and ask you to bring and wear a mask for close partner work, in line with current government guidance
  • We will have access to a toilet which is only used by us
  • If you become unwell with Covid before the training or are asked to isolate we will do our best to provide you with an alternative date or will refund the training fee
Course Facilitators
Michael has over 20  years of experience supporting autistic people in a variety of settings and is the author of “Forest School and Autism”. His book offers a paradigm shift from a deficit, even medicalised model of autism, identifying how the relational, strengths-based approach of Forest School meets the needs of many autistic people. His wisdom, compassion and commitment to changing the story for autistic people, with autistic people, have already had a significant impact on Forest School practice.  He is an experienced level 3 Forest School practitioner whose workshops fill immediately at conferences.   
 
Andy Smith’s talk at the ‘Under One Tree’ conference brought his experiences growing up as an undiagnosed autistic child and teenager to the Forest School community. The honesty of his presentation blew our minds. His work as a SEND ambassador and advocate for autistic young people led him to set up the charity Spectrum Gaming, with other volunteers, during the pandemic, to provide safe places for autistic children and young people where friendships can be made. Andy loves Forest School. Listen to a recent Facebook live conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/Spectrum0Gaming/videos/282143886875897
Course Information
Taking lived autistic experience as our starting point this co-created workshop will offer practical advice on providing nurturing, person-centred outdoor experiences to meet the needs of autistic learners.  Together we will explore ways Forest School pedagogy and practice can promote autism accepting learning communities, promoting positive impacts that reach beyond the woods. There will be a discussion about the Neurodiversity Paradigm and the Social Model of Disability and why it is important that these ideas are embedded in our practice.
 
We will reflect on how we can establish autism acceptance at all levels of the Forest School community. What does ‘quality Forest School for all’ look like from the perspective of autistic young people and neurodivergent practitioners?

This workshop is open to everyone who cares about creating a safe, kind, compassionate education system that serves autistic people well.  

Please join us if you are a neurodivergent or neurotypical: practitioner, homeschooling parent, teacher, Forest School leader,  SEND leader, mental health or social care professional.  

Topics covered include
  • 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
  • Autistic ‘passions’ 
  • Sensory processing difficulties and consideration of a sensory toolkit for Forest School and outdoor learning
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety – challenging the anxiety cycle
  • Creating anti-bullying cultures –  recognising bullying and knowing how to stop it
  • Social expectations and sense of self
  • Use of language – ‘clean’ and identity-first’ language compared with person-first
  • Understanding the significant barriers faced by neurodivergent people 
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School – creating autism-friendly policies 
  • Exploring what needs to be added to Forest School training – ‘nothing about us without us’
  • Time and space to share questions, offer peer to peer supervision
  • Compassionate practice and support mechanisms
  • Meeting the needs of families/ parents with autistic family members
  • Measuring impact – case studies 
  • Contributing to wider thinking about equality, equity, diversity and inclusion 

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.