Forest School Leader (Level 3)

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (RQF)

Forest School training is a proven pedagogical methodology and one which has been adopted extensively throughout Scandinavia where it has become a key element of Early Years provision.

A great way to deliver the LNF, Successful Futures, Creative Curriculum and the Wellbeing act  ….. using the outdoors!!

Forest School provides a unique way of creating a child centred learning environment which fosters independence and self esteem in children through involvement in stimulating outdoor learning activities that enhance physical, mental, social and cognitive development.

We are Forest School Association South Wales Group Coordinators, and provide a unique blended learning model which utilises E-learning to allow for greater focus on practical skill development and less time out of the classroom training. 

CourseAvailability320x300Our 8/11 day course involves:

  • 6 days initial training
  • 1 day Practical Skills assessment.
  • Floorbook (TM) training
  • 2 day Forest School First Aid course.
  • 1 day Outdoor Food Hygiene (Level 2) (optional)
  • 2 x  tutorial and portfolio building session (optional).
  • Theory is completed via our E-Learning system and can be completed at own pace (submission within 10 months).

This qualification is intended to provide the skills and knowledge required to set up and deliver safe and effective Forest School programmes and for those who wish to become Forest School Leaders.

This qualification is composed of 5 units

Topics include:
Unit 1: Woodland structure, identification of flora and fauna, and sustainable woodland management at Forest School.

Unit 2: Deliver, assess and evaluate a Forest School Leader programme.

Unit 3: Application of learning and development theory, understanding of impact of behaviour to learning and development, holistic learning and development at Forest School.

Unit 4: The development of Forest School ethos supported by policies and procedures and understanding the ecological impact when planning a Forest School Programme.

Unit 5: Facilitating a range of woodland skills, including campfire management appropriate to a Forest School Programme.

Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in each unit.

Suitable for: 

Independents, Teachers and HLTA’s who wish to run Forest School within their setting; or other practitioners in non-maintained settings who also wish to lead Forest School sessions


Standard training course per person fee: £950 (this includes all optional days listed above)

Group fee: 8+ delegates £855 p/p (10% discount)

Top Up Fee: £550 p/p  (from Level 2 to L3).


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