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 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.”

Festival of Outdoor Learning 2020

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A great CPD opportunity for outdoor professionals, teachers, youth workers or anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Celebrating 14 years in 2020.

The Festival takes place at Hollowford providing a wide mix of workshops and informal networking that will give you plenty of new ideas both conceptual and practical. Workshops range from needle felting to stand up paddleboarding – so something for everyone!

Tickets are now available to purchase:

  • Full festival ticket at £110 each
    Choice of 4 workshops over the weekend (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday) Includes complimentary accommodation from Friday evening (arrivals from 5.30pm) and meals from Saturday breakfast through to Sunday lunch. Refreshments available throughout.
  • Saturday only ticket at £65 each
    Choice of 2 workshops on Saturday. Includes complimentary lunch and evening meal. Refreshments available throughout.
  • Sunday only ticket at £55 each
    Choice of 2 workshops on Sunday. Includes complimentary lunch. Refreshments available throughout.

Accommodation is provided for the Full Festival Ticket holders in shared-bunk bedded ensuite rooms. Bedding is provided, however please bring your own towels and toiletries.

Food is not available Friday evening. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the village should you like to visit them.  A bar will be available at Hollowford on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Some of the workshops will be outside. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the time of year and weather.  Workshops on Saturday will start at 10am and on Sunday at 9.15am.

L2 Outdoor Learning

This two day course is designed to get you teaching outdoors. You will experience practical low cost outdoor activities linked to the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum. You will understand the benefits of holistic outdoor learning and understand the environmental impacts. You will plan and prepare sessions, identify where these can take place and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved. You will need to deliver 2 outdoor learning sessions as part of this qualification, so you will need to have a group and site identified.

This course is assessed by portfolio and usually takes 6 months to complete. This course is 5 credits and you will cover the following units;

Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Entry requirements

Aged 16 years or over.
Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE).
Current DBS Check.
A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.

8 & 9 June 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

L3 Coordinating an Outdoor Curriculum

LEVEL 3 AWARD IN COORDINATING AN OUTDOOR CURRICULUM
This four day course is designed for those who are championing outdoor learning within their organisation. You will understand the background of outdoor learning and conduct a review of research & practice in recent years. You will audit existing provision and practice, create procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy. You will understand site planning, sustainable management and be able to plan year round programmes. You will need to have a site and group identified as you will be expected to implement your outdoor learning programme.

Please note that you can only complete this course if you have completed the L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice, or attend the L2 course as part of this L3 qualification.

This course is assessed bu portfolio and usually takes 9 – 12 months to complete. This course is 10 credits and you will cover the following units;

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator
Entry Qualifications Required

Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc.
Established link with a client group and at least two years experience with client groups
19 years or over at the start of the course.
First Aid Qualification and DBS strongly advised
Dates 8th , 9th, 15th and 16th June 2020

Location: Howe Park Education Centre Milton Keynes, Tattenhoe Ln, Tattenhoe MK4 3GG

Introduction to Neurodiversity and challenging behaviour outdoors

This one day course is designed to introduce mental health issues in children and young people , positive approaches to managing behaviour and how to effectively engage these learners outdoors. We cover positive approaches to working effectively and therapeutically with children and young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences, trauma, mental health issues, behaviour needs or conditions such as ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, Attachment Issues, Aspergers, Anxiety, Depression and challenging or avoidant behaviour

This course covers

Introduction to Neurodiversity
How to use effective communication to engage learners
The benefits of using the outdoors for engagement
Positive approaches to challenging behaviour.
Experience of practical activities
Reflection of learning
Advice on next steps
CPD certificate

L2 Outdoor Learning

LEVEL 2 AWARD IN OUTDOOR LEARNING PRACTICE (QCF)
This two day course is designed to get you teaching outdoors. You will experience practical low cost outdoor activities linked to the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum. You will understand the benefits of holistic outdoor learning and understand the environmental impacts. You will plan and prepare sessions, identify where these can take place and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved. You will need to deliver 2 outdoor learning sessions as part of this qualification, so you will need to have a group and site identified.

This course is assessed by portfolio and usually takes 6 months to complete. This course is 5 credits and you will cover the following units;

Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Entry requirements

Aged 16 years or over.
Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE).
Current DBS Check.
A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.
Cost £270

16 & 17 November 2020.

L3 Coordinating an Outdoor Curriculum

LEVEL 3 AWARD IN COORDINATING AN OUTDOOR CURRICULUM

This four day course is designed for those who are championing outdoor learning within their organisation. You will understand the background of outdoor learning and conduct a review of research & practice in recent years. You will audit existing provision and practice, create procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy. You will understand site planning, sustainable management and be able to plan year round programmes. You will need to have a site and group identified as you will be expected to implement your outdoor learning programme.

Please note that you can only complete this course if you have completed the L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice, or attend the L2 course as part of this L3 qualification.

This course is assessed bu portfolio and usually takes 9 – 12 months to complete. This course is 10 credits and you will cover the following units;

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator
Entry Qualifications Required

Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc.
Established link with a client group and at least two years experience with client groups
19 years or over at the start of the course.
First Aid Qualification and DBS strongly advised
Cost £600

Dates 16th, 17th , 23rd, 24th Nov

Outdoor Learning Practitioner Training Course

Ideal for those working at any level, with any age and ability of children, who wish to enhance their curriculum and utilise their grounds by taking learning outside.
This course will cover a range of activities, ideas and lesson plans mapped to your curriculum. It will look at the risks/benefits and sustainability of using your outdoor space.

An accredited (level 2) training course designed to show you how to make the most of outdoor learning opportunities using your school grounds.
Wish to reduce the cost and attend the course without the accreditation? No problem – please check out our pricing structure

Included with this course to support your Outdoor Learning Adventures;
A range of Curriculum-Based Outdoor Learning lesson plans with supporting risk assessments.
Some practical Outdoor Learning resources to get started with
10% Discount on Wild Learning’s unaccredited Outdoor Learning courses

For the accreditation, participants will be expected to run outdoor learning sessions in their workplace and produce a short workbook focusing on their experiences.

This training course runs over 2 days 5th & 6th March 2020