Level 3 – Forest School Leader (August 2022)

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Level 3 – Forest School Leader (August 2022)

An eight day Open College Network West Midlands accredited course aimed at individuals who wish to lead a Forest School programme.

Event details


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About the event


Monday 1 August - Friday 5 August 2022  9.30am-4.30pm at Foxburrow Farm and Friday - Sunday 16-18 September 2022 (with optional overnight stay in the woods on Saturday)

Optional mentoring days will also be provided - dates and times tbc on the course

Entry criteria:

  • Participants should be over 21 and hold a qualification at Level 2 or above in teaching or youth work OR have significant experience of working with young people.
  • All participants must demonstrate that they are in a position to deliver a six session Forest School pilot programme during their training.
  • All participants must hold a First Aid certificate before delivering Forest School. A 
    16-hour First Aid with an outdoor element is recommended.
  • Please note that you do not require Level 1 Forest School Ethos and principles, or Level 2 Forest school Assistant before undertaking this Level 3 Forest School Leader training course



Option to pay in instalments available

If you have undertaken Open College Network accredited Forest School training with Suffolk Wildlife Trust within 18 months of the start of the level 3 course you can top up at a reduced price (where applicable).  Please see details below.

Course layout:

Eight days of training to cover Forest School programme delivery, learning and development, planning and preparation, practical skills and the woodland environment.  This is an outdoor course.  A coursework portfolio should be completed within 12 months of the start of the course.  As part of the course you will be required to plan and deliver an assessed six week Forest School programme.

Course content:

The Level 3 course is designed to develop leadership, facilitation, practical and teaching skills to enable participants to understand the principles and ethos of Forest School and to plan and deliver Forest School programmes.  It is designed to meet the needs of early years practioners, teachers and teaching assistants, youth workers, adults and professionals in training to become a Forest School Leader.  The course will cover the Forest School approach to learning and holistic development and positive attitudes to risk taking.  Practical skills will include safe lighting, management and use of a camp fire in a Forest School setting, outdoor cooking, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities.  The course will also cover the identification of woodland flora and fauna and the sustainable use of woodland in a Forest School context.  The course will be run on Forest School principles to provide participants with the opportunity to see the Forest School ethos in practice.

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 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 or 2 to Level 3

There is the option to top up to a Level 3 Forest School Leader for participants who have done a level 1 or 2 with us within 18 months of the start of this course.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss or book this option.

Top up from Level 1 to Level 3
Dates: As above
Cost: £900 (price reduced by £50)

Top up from Level 2 to Level 3
Dates: Wednesday 3-Friday 5 August 2022 9.30am-4.30pm and Friday 16 Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022 (with optional overnight stay in the woods on the Saturday) and optional mentoring days as above.
Cost: £800 (price reduced by £150)

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Option to pay in installments available

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance


Picnic area
Accessible toilet

Contact us

Accredited training with SWT

Forest School Skills courses