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 deeply rooted in understanding 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.

Forest School Training
Birchwood Learning is a licensed tutor of the Forest School Training Company. All Forest School training courses are of the highest standard and accredited by the Open College Network (OCN).

Please visit the Forest School Training Company website for more information about Forest School and the training we provide.

There are three levels of Forest School Training:

OCN Level 3 – Forest School Practitioners Award
OCN Level 2 – Forest School Assistant Award
OCN Level 1 – Introduction to Forest School

Level 3 – Is the level of training required for a practitioner to establish, lead and deliver Forest School. It is a 9-month course comprising of intensive training, 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 a 5 day intensive training course 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.

Advanced Forest School (OCN Level 3) – We are happy to announce that we offer a series of Continued Professional Development (CPD) accredited training courses specifically designed for Forest School Leaders and Assistants. These are the first of their kind in the UK and overseen by The Forest School Training Co.

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

Forthcoming  Courses led by Birchwood Learning

OCN Level 3 Forest School Practitioners Award (via FSTC website)
OCN Level 1 Introduction to Forest School (via FSTC website)

First Aid for Forest School

First Aid for Forest School in Norfolk ‘FSA Norfolk’ local group arrange regular courses suitable for Forest School practitioners. Please refer to their website for booking and information.

How to Book
To book onto Forest School Training courses please follow links to the Forest School Training Co website. Please ensure you have read the appropriate information pack for your level of training and our terms and conditions before booking.

Terms and conditions (PDF file)

Kit List for Forest School Training Courses (PDF file)

Please contact us if you have any questions about training.

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.” – W.C. 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.” – M.H. Teacher

The most interesting course I have ever been on!” – R.S. 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.” – M.C. Freelancer