Scott is also an Advanced Bushcraft Instructor and quality knifesmith, offering knowledge of a much deeper dimension in woodland management and woodcraft skills, bushcrafts, bladed tool use, maintenance and safety.
Clair was a founding voluntary Board Director (now retired) of the Forest School Association being passionate about the national professional development of Forest School and ensuring that high quality Forest School is promoted through our training.
All the training is run outside in our tranquil woodland site - there is not a PowerPoint or fluorescent light to be seen! We believe that the fully outdoor experience truly does go along way to help you as individuals connect to the natural world - the experience is powerful bringing the theory to life.
Both Clair & Scott are OCN qualified level 3 Forest School Leaders & have been running our own Forest School programmes since 2008. We are competent and confident trainers in the unique position of being able to train you in the syllabus content as well as giving you plenty of practical knowledge, skills and experience from our own journey.
We come and visit you during your pilot programme (not all trainers do!). This is not only to assess your practice, but to support you on your journey; help you with guidance for ideas to develop your site and to spend time with you on a 1:1 basis.
We are passionate about Forest School and we are passionate about helping you the Forest School trainee, to truly understand the Forest School ethos and guiding through a supported training programme so you feel ready to run your own Forest School Programmes (Level 3).
EarthCraftuk offer the national Open College West Midlands Forest School training units which are approved by the Forest School Association.
EarthCraftuk are very experienced Forest School trainers having trained hundreds of Forest School Leaders from across the UK & now from overseas. Clair Hobson has led the national working group (Clair Hobson, Sarah Lawful, Lily Horseman, Jon Cree, Linda McDonnell) in every step of the consultation during 2017/18 for the new suite of national Forest School qualifications - consulting also with members of the Forest School Training Network, The FSA and The Open College Network West Midlands. These new units have been approved by the Forest School Association & are now live. This in depth process has given Clair the full working knowledge of the requirements for our delivery of the nationally recognised qualification training and assessment process as well as the comprehensive indicative training content.
EarthCraftuk include individual 1:1 workplace delivery assessments for Level 3 trainees. This has tremendous benefits as we are able to visit on site during one of the pilot programme sessions. This gives us the opportunity to support our trainees and help with any advice relating to practical issues.