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Forest School Training Level 2-3 Top Up (June 2024)

A 5 day course certified by AIM Qualifications for Level 2 Forest School assistants wising to become a Forest School Leader.

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Event Details

The Level 2 to Level 3 top up qualification is a way for Forest School Level 2 Assistants to upgrade their existing qualification. Due to the requirements of the Level 3 course, this course is not suitable for all candidates.

6-8 June 2024 at Foxburrow Nature Reserve
3-4 July 2024 at Foxburrow Nature Reserve, with optional overnight stay in the woods on Saturday night

Times: 9.30 -5pm

Practicing Forest School leaders require 16 hour first aid. We offer this training for an additional £180, please see website for dates
This corresponds to Forest School Association guidance for Forest School Leaders.

A support visit will also be provided for participants based in Suffolk. Out of county learners will be required to provide video evidence of their pilot study.

Entry criteria:

Minimum age 21

There is an assumption that you are either currently assisting at Forest School, or have very recent experience of doing so.

You are required to provide a copy of your Forest School Level 2 Assistant certificate and your Level 2 workbook.

If you have completed Level 2 training with Suffolk Wildlife Trust you will need to complete a pre-course workbook prior to starting the course.

If you have completed your Level 2 with a different provider there is an extra charge of £20 for an assessment of your completed Level 2 workbook. This will allow us to highlight any additional information you may need to hand in prior to the course. This also allows us to meet AIM qualifications standards and for you to meet the level of the other students you will be joining on the training.

If you have completed your Level 2 prior to 2016 please contact us as the Level 2 criteria has been updated in that time frame.

All participants must demonstrate that they are in a position to deliver a six session Forest School pilot programme during their training.

All participants must hold a First Aid certificate before delivering Forest School. A 16-hour First Aid with an outdoor element is recommended.

If you are a school or other organisation wishing to book your place via invoice please contact us.

Course layout:

Five days of training to cover Forest School programme delivery, learning and development, planning and preparation, practical skills and the woodland environment. This is an outdoor course. A coursework portfolio should be completed within 12 months of the start of the course, this will involve a lot of additional study time. As part of the course you will be required to plan and deliver an assessed six week Forest School programme.

Course content:

The Level 3 top up course is designed to develop leadership, facilitation, practical and teaching skills to enable participants to understand the principles and ethos of Forest School and to plan and deliver Forest School programmes. We will build on your Level 2 practical skills and experience, going more in depth and demonstrating lots of practical uses.

The course consists of five units, click here to download the assessment criteria and learning outcomes for each unit.

Practical Skills
Learning and Development
Planning and Preparation
Woodland Environment

What will I need for the course?

Please make sure you bring the following with you each day:

  • Packed lunch, cup and snacks
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions (trousers, not shorts)
  • Stout shoes or boots. Please do not wear sandals.
  • A camera can be useful for recording some of the activities.

We will provide:

  • Tea and coffee
  • All required paperwork
  • All tools and equipment for the outdoor tasks (N.B. For a variety of reasons we would ask you not to bring your own tools)

Please ensure you have read and agree to the terms and conditions and Learner Agreement before booking.


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