Forest School Assistant ITC Level 2 Award – 3 DAY COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association and is intended for those who wish to become an Assistant Forest School Leader.

Learning outcomes:
– Understand how a Forest School can support an individual’s learning and development.
– Know how experiences can support learning and development at a Forest School.
– Be able to perform the role of Assistant at a Forest School.
– Understand sustainable woodland management at a Forest School.
– Understand the role of risk assessment at Forest School.
– Be able to carry out practical tasks at Forest School.
– Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

MINIMUM AGE:
16 years. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit. You are required to write essays & reports to evidence theory. Practically, you will be required to support 3 Forest School sessions & track 1 child’s development during this time period.

Course involvement level:
3 days training – 15-17 March 2020 – 54 guided learning hours, portfolio of evidence to be handed in within a year

What’s included:
3 days training
Your supportive learning materials
Remote support throughout the course
Duration: one year for completion of submission of portfolio of evidence.

 

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – HYBRID COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association.

Our Forest School hybrid course has been developed for staff who may struggle to take 5 days out of their busy lives to receive the traditional format of theory and practice in face to face training.

The course consists of 11 online modules exploring the theoretical aspects of Forest School. Within these you will be asked to reflect upon their own practice and document your learning. 5 pre-requisite modules will be provided upon your enrolment and payment. These should be completed prior to your face to face training, the remaining modules can be completed within 6 months of registration.

You will attend 2.5 days face to face training in the practical aspects of Forest School, during this time our trainer will assess your skill levels.

The course culminates in your creation of a Forest School portfolio to evidence the five Forest School Level 3 units of Delivery, Learning and Development, Planning and Preparation, Practical Skills and Woodland Environment. Supportive learning materials, remote trainer and online support are provided.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:
– Understand the structures of woodlands.
– Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna.
– Understand the importance of flora and fauna identification for the Forest School Programme Leader.
– Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment.
– Be able to deliver a Forest School programme.
– Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to a Forest School programme.
– Understand how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning.
– Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at a Forest School programme.
– Be able to reflect on your own Forest School training.
– Understand the development of the Forest School ethos.
– Understand the ecological impact of a Forest School programme.
– Know the relevant policies and procedures requires for a Forest School programme.
– Be able to plan a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate a range of woodland skills appropriate to a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate campfire management appropriate to a Forest School programme.

Course Involvement Level:
– 2.5 days face to face training in the outdoors. (17th, 18th and 19th May 2020)
– 11 online modules (estimated duration for completion 65 hours – including assignments and reflection time).
– Delivery of 6 sessions over 6 weeks whilst tracking the progress of 3 children.
– Portfolio evidence to be submitted within 1 year.

Mindstretchers will take responsibility for the delivery of the entire programme and this will include the registration of candidates with ITC, support with course bookings, the administration of course delivery, evaluation of course outputs and initial report, on-going and final reports regarding the contract. Methodology follows ITC guidelines. We believe in equal opportunities allowing candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques: video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks.

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – HYBRID COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association.

Our Forest School hybrid course has been developed for staff who may struggle to take 5 days out of their busy lives to receive the traditional format of theory and practice in face to face training.

The course consists of 11 online modules exploring the theoretical aspects of Forest School. Within these you will be asked to reflect upon their own practice and document your learning. 5 pre-requisite modules will be provided upon your enrolment and payment. These should be completed prior to your face to face training, the remaining modules can be completed within 6 months of registration.

You will attend 2.5 days face to face training in the practical aspects of Forest School, during this time our trainer will assess your skill levels.

The course culminates in your creation of a Forest School portfolio to evidence the five Forest School Level 3 units of Delivery, Learning and Development, Planning and Preparation, Practical Skills and Woodland Environment. Supportive learning materials, remote trainer and online support are provided.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:
– Understand the structures of woodlands.
– Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna.
– Understand the importance of flora and fauna identification for the Forest School Programme Leader.
– Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment.
– Be able to deliver a Forest School programme.
– Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to a Forest School programme.
– Understand how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning.
– Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at a Forest School programme.
– Be able to reflect on your own Forest School training.
– Understand the development of the Forest School ethos.
– Understand the ecological impact of a Forest School programme.
– Know the relevant policies and procedures requires for a Forest School programme.
– Be able to plan a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate a range of woodland skills appropriate to a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate campfire management appropriate to a Forest School programme.

Course Involvement Level:
– 2.5 days face to face training in the outdoors. (4th, 5th and 6th October 2021)
– 11 online modules (estimated duration for completion 65 hours – including assignments and reflection time).
– Delivery of 6 sessions over 6 weeks whilst tracking the progress of 3 children.
– Portfolio evidence to be submitted within 1 year.

Mindstretchers will take responsibility for the delivery of the entire programme and this will include the registration of candidates with ITC, support with course bookings, the administration of course delivery, evaluation of course outputs and initial report, on-going and final reports regarding the contract. Methodology follows ITC guidelines. We believe in equal opportunities allowing candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques: video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks.

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – 5 DAY COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association. It is intended to provide the skills and knowledge required to set up and deliver safe and effective Forest School Programmes, for those who wish to become Forest School Leaders.

Learners will learn about these topics:
– Woodland habitats – its structure, species identification and sustainable management.
– Programme delivery – it’s planning, management and safe facilitation.
– Monitoring, tracking and evaluating children’s progress over their time at Forest School.
– The theory behind Forest School – understanding how the whole child develops during their Forest School sessions.
– Reflection of practice to move forward in your personal development.
– Support in creation of a Forest School handbook.
– Develop practical bush craft skills in shelter construction, knots, tool use, fire management and cooking outdoors.
– Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

MINIMUM AGE:
19 years. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Please be aware this involves submission of a portfolio to an academic level equivalent to the first year of a degree. We can accept a range of evidence for people with specific learning requirements. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Course involvement level:
5 days training, 96 guided learning hours, portfolio of evidence to be handed in within a year

What’s included:
5 days training: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th March
Your supportive learning materials
Remote support throughout the course
Duration: one year for completion of submission of portfolio.

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – 5 DAY COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association. It is intended to provide the skills and knowledge required to set up and deliver safe and effective Forest School Programmes, for those who wish to become Forest School Leaders.

Learners will learn about these topics:
– Woodland habitats – its structure, species identification and sustainable management.
– Programme delivery – it’s planning, management and safe facilitation.
– Monitoring, tracking and evaluating children’s progress over their time at Forest School.
– The theory behind Forest School – understanding how the whole child develops during their Forest School sessions.
– Reflection of practice to move forward in your personal development.
– Support in creation of a Forest School handbook.
– Develop practical bush craft skills in shelter construction, knots, tool use, fire management and cooking outdoors.
– Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

MINIMUM AGE:
19 years. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Please be aware this involves submission of a portfolio to an academic level equivalent to the first year of a degree. We can accept a range of evidence for people with specific learning requirements. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Course involvement level:
5 days training, 96 guided learning hours, portfolio of evidence to be handed in within a year

What’s included:
5 days training (13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th September 2021)
Your supportive learning materials
Remote support throughout the course
Duration: one year for completion of submission of portfolio.

Forest School Assistant ITC Level 2 Award – 3 DAY COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association and is intended for those who wish to become an Assistant Forest School Leader.

Learning outcomes:
– Understand how a Forest School can support an individual’s learning and development.
– Know how experiences can support learning and development at a Forest School.
– Be able to perform the role of Assistant at a Forest School.
– Understand sustainable woodland management at a Forest School.
– Understand the role of risk assessment at Forest School.
– Be able to carry out practical tasks at Forest School.
– Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

MINIMUM AGE:
16 years. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit. You are required to write essays & reports to evidence theory. Practically, you will be required to support 3 Forest School sessions & track 1 child’s development during this time period.

Course involvement level:
3 days training, 54 guided learning hours, portfolio of evidence to be handed in within a year

What’s included:
3 days training (23rd, 24th and 25th March 2020)
Your supportive learning materials
Remote support throughout the course
Duration: one year for completion of submission of portfolio of evidence.

Forest School Assistant ITC Level 2 Award – 3 DAY COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association and is intended for those who wish to become an Assistant Forest School Leader.

Learning outcomes:
– Understand how a Forest School can support an individual’s learning and development.
– Know how experiences can support learning and development at a Forest School.
– Be able to perform the role of Assistant at a Forest School.
– Understand sustainable woodland management at a Forest School.
– Understand the role of risk assessment at Forest School.
– Be able to carry out practical tasks at Forest School.
– Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

MINIMUM AGE:
16 years. You should have some experience of working outside with children prior to attending the course.

Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit. You are required to write essays & reports to evidence theory. Practically, you will be required to support 3 Forest School sessions & track 1 child’s development during this time period.

Course involvement level:
3 days training, 54 guided learning hours, portfolio of evidence to be handed in within a year

What’s included:
3 days training (13th, 14th and 15th September 2021)
Your supportive learning materials
Remote support throughout the course
Duration: one year for completion of submission of portfolio of evidence.

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During 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 1 Introductory course
Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th November 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.”

Mud, mess and magic: outdoor learning on a shoestring with Juliet Robertson (WEBINAR)

This webinar will explore how to naturalise your outdoor space on a shoestring budget for children aged 3-6yrs.

This webinar with Juliet Robertson will investigate how Nicolson’s Theory of Loose Parts and Gibson’s Affordance Theory can be utilised to create simple changes to your outdoor space, through a participatory approach that involves your children throughout the process.

In doing so, the biodiversity of your outdoor space will be improved and it becomes a better place not just for learning and play but for wildlife too. The emphasis is on sustainable low-cost and doable ideas that don’t involve digging up the asphalt.

After the webinar you will get access to additional resources that help you develop your practice and keep track of what you need to do to develop your outdoor provision. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.

Key learning:

• Exploring how to improve children’s physical development.

• Understanding how children think and play in creative and imaginative ways.

• Promoting positive physical risk taking within a framework of safety.

• Supporting children to learn more about the natural world and increases children’s knowledge about nature.

•Providing a valuable context for developing life skills including literacy and numeracy.