Forest School Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles RQF

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

This two day LASER accredited course is written for those working with participants at Forest School sessions and especially people who enjoy the outdoors who would like to develop their skills and become an effective team member of a Forest School.

No previous knowledge of Forest School is required this two day course. Our Forest School training includes the Forest School approach to learning and development, introduction to tool safety and use and basic practical skills to help manage and understand your Forest School woodland setting. It is taught through outdoor activities and group discussion with a short workbook to be completed.

Our Forest School training is run with the Forest School ethos, of support and development, so you can fully experience Forest School for yourself.

When and Where?
Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th February 2019 – 10.00am-4pm
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Swanwick Lakes, Swanwick, Hampshire SO31 7AY

Entry Criteria

  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • You should have an interest in working outdoors with children and young people.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a LASER Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles (RQF). We expect the course to take you between one and three months to complete.

More details about Forest School Level 1

The course consists of a practical training programme and coursework.

2 Day Training Programme
The training programme takes place over 2 consecutive days covering an introduction to Forest School ethos and learning practical skills. Each day runs from 10am-4pm and will take place outdoors on one of our woodland nature reserves.

A short Level 1 workbook to be completed within 3 months of start date.

As part of the coursework you must attend a Forest School session led by a level 3 Forest School Leader (we can put you in touch with a suitable person if required), and produce a written record of your observations at Forest School.

We expect the course to take you between one and three months to complete.

Dawn O’Malley – HIWWT Training & Outreach Officer

The training team are experienced and inspirational environmental educators, Forest School leaders and trainers. They have experience of delivering short and long-term programmes to a wide range of age and ability groups. They work together as a team to bring you high quality Forest School training that, as well as being learner focussed, considers the environment and wildlife in which Forest School programmes take place.
If you want to introduce your staff to Forest School we can provide INSET days for your school or organisation.

How to Apply

Booking is essential for this course for details and booking please see our website or contact us.

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Key Information

Start date:

6th February 2019 at 9:45am




Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust




Education, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Swanwick Lakes, Swanwick, Hampshire, United Kingdom