Forest School Leader Training


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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.

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January 2022, June 2022


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