National Forest School Day

“Forest School Day is our way to give recognition and thanks to individuals in the forest school community for their dedication and commitment to Forest School”.

Forest School Day was created in 2018 to mark 25 years of Forest School in the UK.

‘To CONNECT, SHARE and CELEBRATE all that is great and wonderful about UK Forest School.’

CONNECT and make new friendships, renew old ones and connect with the woods.

SHARE our Forest School stories, and what forest school means to us,

CELEBRATE together in a Forest School values way, in your own woods, with your forest school group.

Forest School Taster Sessions in London

The Hive Taster Sessions are designed to give participants a taste of the richness and creativity of Forest School learning, particularly in more urban settings. They offer an opportunity to meet your trainer, explore our training venue and get a better understanding of what Forest School training entails.

They are open to teachers, trainee teachers, NQTs, nursery teams, youth workers, parents and anyone wanting to find out more about Forest School and/or considering embarking on Forest School training.

The session is split into 4 sessions:
An introduction to the ethos and principles behind Forest School
A chance to try your hand at some of the skills: fire lighting, den building, hand tools
An outdoor lunch over the fire
An opportunity to have a go at woodland crafts

All sessions run from 10am to 2pm.

Our Taster Sessions cost £35.

Nature Play & the Therapeutic Space (two-day training)

An experiential training for health and education practitioners wanting to work in ‘Green Spaces.’ No previous experience is necessary but would suit people working with children or young people. This two-day training has been created to help those working with groups of young people and children to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities.

You will develop your facilitation skills and ability to work with children that present difficult behaviours and explore therapeutic nature-play skills (e.g. reflective communication and use of puppets & sand) which will engage the group of children and individuals building their emotional regulation, curiosity, imagination and well-being.

The course will include:

Therapeutic nature play.
The Forest School Continuum.
Exploring effective strategies for working with children displaying vulnerable and challenging needs.
Establishing Trust: understanding the fundamental importance of safe space/s and how to utilise it.
Psych-ed: Understanding difficult behaviours and the connection between sensory input, emotional response and behaviour (with the impact of ACE).
Explore your own triggers and inner landscape.
Play ideas: child-led and adult-directed e.g ropes and clay.
Key communication strategies: creative, reflective and empathetic skills.
Increase the tool kit to include more sensory-based games.
Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
Play skills include sand, puppet and music.
Day one

Theory: Child development and attachment; How to grow a brain, Psych-ed; Importance of nature in childhood; Sensory Play and Stress; Group Dynamic: Importance of connection to others; 7 basic emotions; Exploring your own triggers & inner landscape.
Activities: Role-play: The brain, baby to adult; group work to develop your skills and confidence. Group games and sensory experiences – forest school approach and the creative use of clay.
Day two

Builds on the outdoor skills of participants – e.g. using ropes, puppets, story making.
Setting up your space – tarps, shelters and safe dens.
Importance of risk and challenge. Focus on the need for individual therapeutic play when working with groups and developing skills.
Theory: The Axline principles; Toxic Stress; Eric Berne: Drama Triangle; Attunement; Principles of child-led play – nature play/therapeutic play; Communication skills – instruction/reflection; Safe boundaries & Health and Safety in the outdoors; Risk Assessment; Directive/non-directive.

Date: 22nd & 23rd April 2020
Lead Facilitator: Kate Macairt and Marina Robb
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £175.00
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Forest School Training Level 3

Forest School Training Level 3 with an FSA Endorsed Trainer!
Takes place in East Sussex and near Brighton.

Part 1: (4 days) Wednesday 18th March, Thursday 19th March at Mill Woods, Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March at Parkwood Campsite.
Part 2: (3 days) Wednesday 29th April, Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May 2020 at Mill Woods.
Part 3: (2 days) Tuesday 2nd June & Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at Mill Woods.

Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

The training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

Circle of Life Training are now providing online learning resources to supplement this in-depth direct training. These documents are laid out in an easy to understand format that link to the Forest School Units. We also supply useful video material, links to best practice, a student upload to share valuable resources and the option to download resources for you to keep.

Full training fee = £920

More details: https://www.circleofliferediscovery.com/index.php?page=forest-school-training

Forest School Training (Level 3 & 2).

This training is run by Chris WIshart / Urban Outdoor Learning at Ecopark (a Wildlife Trust site) in Birmingham.
Chris has delivered Forest School training for many years in the West Midlands and delivers Forest School / environmental projects with schools & community groups throughout the Black Country.
Chris is an endorsed trainer with the Forest Schools Association and the courses are accredited with ITC first.
If you are interested in training to be a Forest School Leader or Assistant please get in touch via my website – http://urbanoutdoorlearning.com for further details.

23-27 March 2020.

Forest School Training Level 3

Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training.

Run once a week for 9 weeks from March 12th – our fun and informative course is run by knowledgeable and professional trainers run at our training site in the iconic Bedgebury Pinetum.

Dates: March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 16th, 23rd, 30th and May 7th, 14th and 21st.

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During a forest schools, learners spend regular time in a woodland environment outdoors leading their own learning through activities such as fire-lighting, using tools to create wooden objects, den making, creative activities and lots of games. Creating a fun, supportive environment and giving children exciting, achievable tasks, enables them to succeed and build confidence and self-esteem, and develop new skills which support their learning back in the classroom.”

We have been running Forest School programmes at Scotswood Garden for 10 years and delivering training for the last 6 years. We are the only Forest School Association recognised provider in Tyne and Wear, and we recently won a national Outdoor Learning Award for our Breeze Forest School programme.

Dates: 26th, 27th March, 2nd April 2020 (learners will need to attend all 3 days)
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: £260

More details can be found on our website: https://scotswoodgarden.org.uk/learn/forest-school-training-newcastle

Please share this info in your networks and with anyone you think might be interested.
If you want to discuss the training please feel free to get in touch with Harriet@sncg.org.uk

Feedback from course participants:
“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner.”

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During a forest schools, learners spend regular time in a woodland environment outdoors leading their own learning through activities such as fire-lighting, using tools to create wooden objects, den making, creative activities and lots of games. Creating a fun, supportive environment and giving children exciting, achievable tasks, enables them to succeed and build confidence and self-esteem, and develop new skills which support their learning back in the classroom.”

We have been running Forest School programmes at Scotswood Garden for 10 years and delivering training for the last 6 years. We are the only Forest School Association recognised provider in Tyne and Wear, and we recently won a national Outdoor Learning Award for our Breeze Forest School programme.

Level 3 Forest School Programme Leadership course:
Dates 2020: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th October
Dates 2021: 18th, 19th March; 24th, 25th June; 1st, 2nd July
Learners need to attend all 10 days of training
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: £790; includes one year’s membership to the Forest School Association

More details can be found on our website: https://scotswoodgarden.org.uk/learn/forest-school-training-newcastle

Please share this info in your networks and with anyone you think might be interested.
If you want to discuss the training please feel free to get in touch with Harriet@sncg.org.uk

Feedback from course participants:
“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner.”

Introduction to Forest School Ethos and Principles Level 1

A 2 day OCN accredited course aimed at those interested in learning more about the Forest School approach to learning.
The Level 1 course will provide you with the skills necessary to become an effective member of a Forest School delivery team. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning, risk management and the impacts of Forest school on a woodland environment. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.

Please note that the Level 1 qualification will not entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions.

Forest School Assistant -Level 2

A 4 day OCN accredited course aimed at individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a Forest School programme.
Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th March, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March 2020, and optional mentoring day on 22nd July 2020
The Level 2 course will prepare you with the skills to effectively support a Forest School Leader in the delivery of Forest school sessions. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning and a positive attitude to taking risk. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest schools. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.

16-24 March 2020.