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Accredited Forest School Leader Training in London | Level 3 | Monday training

Based in London, The Hive delivers Accredited Forest School Training that focuses on innovative ways to engage pupils in Forest School, particularly in urban environments where access to outdoor space is constrained. We've been delivering Forest School training since 2018 and are one of London's most experienced providers.

Our training team are not just experienced level 3 forest school practitioners. They’re also school teachers or school practitioners with a deep knowledge of engaging “city children” in forest school. They understand the challenge of delivering a genuine Forest School experience in places where you may be reliant on the local park or common. They’re interested in helping you find clever “ways around” to make the most of the woodlands and green spaces that London offers.

Our accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader training course is designed to provide trainees with all the skills they’ll need to lead rich and creative Forest School sessions in a safe natural environment.

This course is accredited through National Awarding Organisation AIM Qualifications & Assessment Group. AIM are approved by and meet the requirements of the Forest School Association. Through AIM, our Curriculum is endorsed by the FSA.

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Event Details


Training Days
  • Monday 3rd June 2024
  • Monday 10th June 2024
  • Monday 17th June 2024
  • Monday 24th June 2024
  • Monday 1st July 2024
Forest School Sessions
  • Between 2nd July 2024 and 2nd January 2025

Assessment Days

  • Thursday 5th September 2024
  • Thursday 12th September 2024
  • Thursday 19th September 2024
  • Thursday 26th September 2024
Portfolio Submission
  • By 15th May 2025

Our Level 3 Leader training course is structured around five units covering the pedagogy that underpins the Forest School ethos and principles, the understanding of child-centered learning in nature, the planning and preparation that are key to successful sessions, the broad range of practical skills supporting Forest School and the knowledge that allows the sustainable use of woodlands and natural materials for learning.

It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, nursery practitioners, youth workers, community facilitators, artists, counsellors, and parents – anyone keen to lead Forest School sessions in their own – or others - setting on a regular basis.


The course consists of 5 units:
Unit 1 - Forest School programme: delivery
Unit 2 - Forest School programme: learning and development
Unit 3 - Forest School programme: planning and preparation
Unit 4 - Forest School programme: practical skills
Unit 5 - Forest School programme: the woodland environment


As part of the training programme, you will receive course materials, ongoing tutor support and online examples. The resources will be accessible through the Trainee Hub on The Hive website and will include:

- A digital copy of our Training Manual (you will also receive a hard copy)
- A portfolio template to guide you through the portfolio development process (digital and hard copy)
- A reading list and electronic copies of all the resources used during the training course
- Tutor Q&A sessions where your tutor will be available for catch-ups and to answer any question
- An opportunity to submit up to 3 drafts to be marked before your final submission
- Email support from our central team throughout your training journey
- Tips and advice drawn from our own practice


We are accredited by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group to deliver the following:
- Forest School Leader Qualification (Course ID 139288)
- Forest School Assistant Qualification (Course ID 139287)
- Forest School Introduction Qualification (Course ID: 139286)


Stave Hill Ecological Park
Timber Pond Road
London SE16 6AX

Stave Hill Ecological Park is managed by The Conservation Volunteers as a nature reserve, educational facility and place of recreation. The Park has been designed to form a mosaic of grassland, woodland, scrub and wetland habitats which support a wide variety of wildlife.

The Park is managed to conserve the wide variety of wildlife that colonised the area during the years the docks lay derelict and provide a haven for some of the species that lived here before humans changed the land.






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