Level 1- Award in Forest School principles (March 2022)

Forest school trainee

Level 1- Award in Forest School principles (March 2022)

A 2 day Open College Network West Midlands accredited course for those interested in learning about the Forest School approach to learning.

Event details


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About the event

This course is aimed at those who are interested in learning more about the Forest School approach to learning and who would like to help out at an existing Forest School. 
It can also be used as a first step for those considering taking Forest School Leader training at a later date

Entry Criteria

  • Participants need to be over 16 years of age and have an interest in working with children and young people outdoors.

Course Cost: £200


Course Layout

Two days of training to cover

  • Understanding the Forest School Approach to Learning
  • Practical Forest School skills

Training days run from 9.30am – 4.30pm in an outdoor setting

A short Level 1 workbook which should be completed within 6 months of the start of the course

As part of the coursework you will need to attend at least 1 Forest School session run by a Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader and complete your observations of this session. We can facilitate this for you.

Course content

The Level 1 course will provide you with the skills necessary to become an effective member of a Forest School delivery team. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning, risk management and the impacts of Forest school on a woodland environment. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.

Please note that the Level 1 qualification will not entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions.

What will I need for the course?

Please make sure you bring the following with you each day:

  • Packed lunch, cup and snacks
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions (trousers, not shorts)
  • Stout shoes or boots. Please do not wear sandals
  • A camera  or camera phone can be useful for recording some of the activities

We will provide:

  • Tea coffee and biscuits
  • All required paperwork
  • All tools and equipment for the outdoor tasks
    (N.B. For a variety of reasons we would ask you not to bring your own tools)


Topping up from Level 1 to Level 2 or 3

There is the option to top up to a Level 2 Forest school assistant or 3 Forest School Leader for participants who have done a level 1 with us:

Top up from Level 1 to Level 2 
Dates: 22 and 23 March 2022 9.30am - 4.30pm plus optional mentoring day  (date tbc)
Location: Bradfield Woods
Cost: £200 (price reduced by £200)

Top up from Level 1 to Level 3

Dates: 1-5 August 2022 9.30-4.30pm and residential weekend 16-18 September (with optional overnight stay on the Saturday)

Location: Foxburrow Farm

Cost: £900,  (price reduced by £50)




Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Disabled parking

Contact us

Accredited training with SWT

Further CPD with SWT