Forest School Level 3 
Forest School Leader Training (level 3)
Abriachan Forest Trust September 13th-17th 2010

The Training
The Forest School Practitioner training award is a level 3 qualification (equivalent to Higher) and is accredited through Open College Network (OCN). It is the leadership training necessary for teachers, support workers and other education professionals already working with children/young people/adults to become qualified to lead Forest School Programmes.

Entry Criteria
a) Be over 21 years of age
b) Be a qualified Teacher, Play/Youth/Support worker (to level 2 or equivalent) OR be able to compile a portfolio of at least 2 years experience of working with children/young people/adults with support needs in a leadership capacity
c) Have a current CRB disclosure (or Disclosure Scotland Certificate)
d) Have or be in the process of acquiring a current valid Paediatric First Aid for Outdoors certificate (2-day ITC or equivalent) Abriachan will host a relevant 2day course in June5th-6th 2010

In addition to the entry criteria, students will need to have a group of children/young people they can work with and have a suitable outdoor venue (preferably woodland) to run their 6 sessions of Forest School as part of their training. Students will need to ensure they have adequate insurance cover for running the 6 sessions. Working with a group in Abriachan Forest may be an option.

Course dates and timetable

Intensive week
The initial element of the training comprises a combination of practical and theory. Students will need to come prepared for both indoor and outdoor learning everyday and in all weathers. There is an option of an early evening cook-out on the 4th day. (9am - 5pm (except on the 4th day which finishes at 6.30pm).
13th - 17th September 2010
Student work
Students will need to work on a written assignment and plan their FS programme of 6 sessions
November 2010
Practical Skills Assessment
3-day assessment on health & safety, practical and tool skills, as well as leadership and group-working skills. (9am 5pm)
tbc November 2010
Student work
Students run a short Forest School Programme with a small group of approx 6 children/young people in their chosen outdoor venue
Spring-Summer 2011
Delivery Assessment
Half-day assessment of students delivering a FS session working with their chosen client group.
tbc Spring 2011

A half day tutorial on the requirements for the coursework portfolio (9am 12.30)

February/March 2011
Student work on
Coursework Portfolio

Students to complete a coursework portfolio for all three course units:

  • Learning and Development at Forest School
  • Forest School Practical Skills and Woodland Management
  • Establishment and Delivery of a Forest School Programme
The portfolio comprises of a combination of written work, photographic evidence, practical demonstration and assessments.
20th September 2011

This equates to 70 hours of taught time and requires, on average, a further 110 hours of self-study time from the student. All information, materials and other health and safety equipment will be provided during the training course.
To be a Forest School Leader it is important to undertake the necessary training.

Forest school training can be accessed at three levels. each of these level will provide the correct training for.....

Level 3 training is available to teachers, support assistants, nurses, nursery nurses, etc, with relevant experience.

Level 2 training is shorter, and designed for people with less previous experience of working with children and young people, or those who only want to work as assistants.

Level 1 training is available to people who only want to work on existing school/nursery/playwork sites.

Before you can lead Forest Schools, you need a first aid qualification. The First Aid qualification can be either First Aid at Work (4 days) or the Intermediate Temporary Care (ITC) Qualification First Aid in the Outdoors (2 days) and is valid for 3 years. Due to the outdoor nature of the work it is recommended that the ITC qualification is gained in addition to the First Aid at Work especially if Forest School sessions are to be led in remote locations. Abriachan will offer the relevant course in June 2010 - this will be included in the total 850 + VAT cost of the Level 3 training but at a cost of 150 for those who do not intend to complete the Level 3.