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.

We are working with a range of partners, including Oxfordshire County Council and the National Forest,  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 believe the Forest School approach, promoting learner-centred opportunities for play, 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.   

We run bespoke, accredited Forest School training locally, nationally and internationally.  

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

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 2022

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.

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

Lost Words: Nature Literacy for Educators

Course Information

  • Dates:
    28th – 29th October 2022
  • Trainers: Jon Cree and Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre
  • Cost: £180 incl VAT
Course Information

Join us for a day of exploring nature through the curriculum using literacy, art and music. Through sensory observation, we will bring nature back into lesson planning.

The book ‘Lost Words’ (Jackie Morris & Robert Mcfarlene, 2018), stands for a wild childhood; a childhood where words such as Acorn, Otter, Lark and Dandelion are still part of the rich landscape of discovery and imagination that every childhood should embrace. It is a book of the British countryside and celebrates the poetry of nature words and the magic of nature and language for all.

‘Lost Words’ has been gifted to schools up and down the country. This ‘literacy’ day will reconnect and reinvigorate a love of nature through words, as we explore our emotional and natural literacy using simple techniques applicable to any class or group. Through sensory activity and observation, we will look at the narrative of story, prose and poetry. Combining simple sketch and painting techniques, in the outdoors, we will make deeper connections with the nature around us and learn how to do the same for the children, young people and families we work with. 

Regeneration: Well being, Connection and 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 23rd – 25th March  2023
    plus 2 evening study support webinar dates – agreed with group 
  • Trainers: Jon Cree and Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre
  • Cost: £420 incl VAT
    Accredited: Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors (Open College Network West Midlands) 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 as we explore how nature teaches us, how the body informs the mind and how our thinking affects our behaviour.

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

This training offers insight and practical ways of using nature to create belonging, unlocking the therapeutic value of the outdoors. We will build a community of learning together, sharing practice and our knowledge of the personal and generational challenges faced by neurotypical and neurodivergent 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
  • explore your policies and procedures, including effective working with other agencies  
  • practice a restorative mediation approach
  • identify how to create psychological safety  
  • practice non-violent communication 
  • explore the 8 senses and embodied practice
  • explore therapeutic storytelling in the outdoors 
  • 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
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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: £240 including VAT
    (please contact us if you need to pay in instalments or are unable to pay and really need to attend)

Dates

  • 2022 dates to be confirmed
  • Venue: Oxfordshire

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: Earthed
  • Date: 4th May
  • Trainer: Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £130 including VAT
  • Time: 9.30 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

Sarah brings a lifetime’s experience of teaching and mentoring nature connection; advocating for kind, respectful teaching with a balanced approach to self-directed education and wise stewardship of our planet. Sarah has worked with all ages, across all key stages, bringing her knowledge of the national curriculum, child development, neuroscience and expertise working with vulnerable teenagers and children alongside her passion for learning in, through, from and about nature. As co-lead on the Nature Premium campaign, Sarah understands the rich opportunities learning outdoors provides for building happy and healthy brains and bodies. 

  • 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: Nature for Wellbeing 

Course Information

  • Course Title: Paths to Resilience: Nature for Wellbeing
  • Date: 23rd July 2022
  • Trainer:  Sarah Lawfull
  • Host site: Sylva Wood Centre, Long Wittenham
  • Cost: £130 including VAT
  • Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Optional Lumina Emotion portrait and 1:1 coaching session £95 including VAT  
Course Information
Discover the joys of playing in nature and why connecting with the ‘wild’ around us, even on our doorsteps,  makes people happier and able to learn. 
 

Sarah brings her love of learning through nature, knowledge of child development and the national curriculum, alongside her experience of coaching outdoors to create a day of seeing the world through fresh eyes. 

Using our time in some beautiful outdoor environments we will explore the symbolism and positive outcomes of nature connection, and consider the challenges of taking groups outside. 

You will gain the confidence and insights to maximise the benefits of taking groups outdoors. You will be able to communicate how and why nature connection promotes physical, intellectual and mental wellbeing, develops social and emotional intelligence, and builds our resilience for the challenging bits of life.

Through paired, group and individual experiences we will:

  • Recognise the superpowers of self-awareness, self-control and freedom
  • Learn how to recognise our own emotions and use time in nature to self regulate
  • Deepen our self-awareness and use knowledge of ‘brain science’ to begin changing habits
  • Increase the ability to choose our response to a situation by asking different questions 
  • Find out why agency and well-being go hand in hand
  • Explore the risk-benefit approach – an empowering model of risk assessment that unlocks adventures
  • Learn the theories behind nature therapy and green prescribing,  including Biophilia and Attention Restoration Theory
  • Explore our relationships with ‘struggle’ and failure 
  • Understand how creative nature is and why playing with natural materials is good for our wellbeing 
  • Understand that humans are wired for connection to each other and other living things 
  • Understand the importance of play for all humans – play for enjoyment, discovery, innovation, creativity
  • Learn ways of mentoring and observing play in nature 
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This training is also available for teams and whole school staff. 

Please contact us via our contact form.