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Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles

Open College Network West Midlands

Centre Number: 60974

The Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles, aims to build confidence in learning outside the classroom and offers a great introduction to the ethos and safe working practice of Forest School. This introductory 2 day training programme, is run outdoors and is a mixture of theoretical and practical tasks. It is aimed at staff/parents/volunteers/teaching staff, who have little or no experience of Forest School/learning outside the classroom and/or, who are supporting a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner.

The nationally recognised RQF Unit:

Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles  - 3 credits

On this Level 1 course, you will take part in a range of experiences for you to:

  • Outline the Forest School approach to learning
  • Identify the benefits of participating in Forest School
  • Identify ways in which Forest School supports the development of the whole person
  • State ways that play can benefit participants at Forest School
  • State the roles of adults in a Forest School session you have observed
  • Participate in a range of Forest School activities
  • Name methods of identifying woodland species, providing examples
  • Identify ways in which Forest School could impact on the woodland environment
  • Identify different types of hazard and their associated risk
  • State how these risks at Forest School may be reduced

Course Commitment:

The course is run over 2 days (16 hours) and requires a further 14 hours self-study time.


Completion of a small workbook after observing a Forest School session with a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner/Leader. Evidence of enhanced DBS check required if self employed.

This is a wonderful training programme introducing you to Forest School Ethos and Principles.

Please note, you do not need to automatically train for levels 1 & 2 to train for Level 3. Level 3 applicants are accepted according to teaching qualifications and/or relevant experience and background. If you are over 21 and looking to run your own Forest School within your provision, and you feel you may be suitable to go straight to Level 3 training, please email us with your Level 3 application form.

Entry Criteria: Over 21

Please note: This level 1 course does not qualify you to lead Forest School or to state that you are including Forest School in your provision without a Level 3 Practitioner/Leader already in place - it is however, a fantastic introduction and basis on which to start your Forest School journey and for parents/volunteers/teaching staff to be able to support your Level 3 Forest School Practitioner.

Please note - it is each trainees personal responsibility to organise their own observation session with a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner.

Level 1 Course Fee: £285 per person for individual bookings on the dates below.

Reduced for private group bookings arranged on dates to suit:

  • £250 per person for a private group of min/max 10 participants
  • £200 per person for a private group of 11-20 participants

Full payment or purchase order required with booking form to secure your place.  Payment by cheque/electronic transfer/invoice (on receipt of purchase order).  


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Monday & Tuesday  7th & 8th October 2019



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