Forest School Training

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a long term, repetitive learning process that supports natural holistic development in learners of all ages and abilities. It originates from Scandinavian (particularly Danish) Early Years systems where child-led learning and play in the natural world are actively encouraged. The philosophy of Forest School is rooted in child development, learning and self esteem theories, and applying this understanding to facilitate powerful learning experiences. The repeated contact with a natural space (ideally woodland) is vital to support this process. Learners are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning, and scaffolded to develop skills and independence.

You can find out more about Forest School in our video:

You can also find out more about Forest School from the FSA, the Professional Body for Forest School in the UK.

Forest School Training

Birchwood Learning is a licensed tutor of the Forest School Training Company. All Forest School training courses are based on recognised UK qualifications and accredited by ITC First.

There are three levels of Forest School Training:

Level 3 – Certificate for Forest School Leaders
Level 2 – Award for Forest School Assistants
Level 1 – Award in Forest School Ethos & Principles

Level 3 – Is the level of training required for a practitioner to establish, lead and deliver Forest School. It usually takes 9-12 months in total to complete comprising of 12 training days (split into 4 modules), distance learning, practical and written assessments.
For more information please download our Level 3 Information Pack here.

Level 2 – Is appropriate for staff or volunteers who regularly help at a Forest School and wish to gain a qualification as assistants. The training is 6 days of training (split into 2 modules) followed by hands-on time supporting a Forest School Leader at their Forest School and written assessments.
For more information please download our Level 2 Information Pack here.

Level 1 – Is designed as an introduction to Forest School, it is appropriate for volunteers and parents helping at a Forest School, or for practitioners wishing to gain a good understanding of the ethos. It is delivered as a 2 day intensive training course followed by a visit to a Forest School session and a small written assessment.
For more information please download our Level 1 Information Pack here.

Please see courses listed below or visit FSTC website for more information.

Forthcoming Courses in 2022Forest School Training

Level 3 Forest School Leader – starts 28th March 2022. **Fully Booked! Email me to join our waiting list**

Download a pdf Level 3 Course Flier for more information

Level 3 Online Booking Form

Level 2 Forest School Assistant – starts 28th March 2022 **Fully Booked! Email me to join our waiting list**

Download a pdf Level 2 Course Flier for more information

Level 2 Online Booking Form

Level 1 Introduction in Forest School Ethos & Principles – 17th & 18th Oct 2022 ** Postponed** Email me to join our waiting list

Download a pdf Level 1 Course Flier for more information

Level 1 Online Booking Form

All courses listed take place at Patteson Lodge in Coltishall, 8 miles NE of Norwich.

First Aid for Forest School

‘Rooted in Nature’ arrange regular courses suitable for Forest School practitioners. Please refer to their website for booking and information.

How to Book

Please use the links above to book online via a google form. Please ensure you have read the appropriate information pack for your level of training, course fliers and our terms and conditions below before booking.

Terms and conditions (PDF file)

You also may find this video useful which answers some FAQs about our training courses:

Please contact us if you have any further questions about our training courses.

Testimonials from past students

This was very enjoyable and informative training. I will now feel more confident to use my new found skills with the children.” – Teacher

An educational, fast flowing and inspiring couple of days.” – Environmental Educator

It has been a brilliant course. It has made me question my own practice… I am motivated to develop the outdoor environment in school.” – Teacher

The most interesting course I have ever been on!” – Teacher

This was an excellent course which completely convinced me of the value of outdoor learning, the connection with child development and how it could be translated into school.” – Freelancer