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Welcome to North Yorkshire Forest School Training

Secure a place on a NOCN Level 3 course | What is Forest School? | Why train with us?

Step 1 - Decide on a course

Forest School Courses

  • Starting 15 May 2024
    NOCN Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification at Northdale Horticulture, Northallerton
  • Starting 3 June 2024
    NOCN Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

  • Starting 1 October 2024
    NOCN Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification at Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre
  • Starting 4 November 2024
    NOCN Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

To find out more see Forest School Courses

Step 2 - Register by completing the registration form

  • You'll receive an email to confirm you've registered.

Step 3 - Complete your enrolment

  • We'll need some more personal details and a deposit payment or details of who to invoice.
  • You'll receive an email confirming your enrolment on your chosen course.

What is Forest School?

What is Forest School?

At Forest School children play and learn in woodland areas on a regular and sustained basis. Challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of learning and development can be provided for each child in this natural learning environment. Learning is achieved through playing and exploring, as well as the sharing of skills and knowledge, with a balance of child initiated and adult supported activities.

Forest School is an approach to learning that offers all children regular opportunities to achieve and develop self-confidence through active and hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment or natural environment with trees.

How does it work?

  • Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

What are the benefits of Forest School?

There is much research evidence indicating that experience with the natural world is of benefit to children, young people and adults in terms of health and well-being and that childhood experiences of nature affect behaviour and attitude towards the environment as adults.

Evaluations of the impact of Forest School on children have highlighted improved confidence, social skills, communication, motivation and concentration, physical skills, knowledge, understanding and respect for the natural environment.

(A Marvellous Opportunity for Children to Learn: a participatory evaluation of Forest School in England and Wales)

Why train with us?

North Yorkshire Forest School Training is an approved training provider of NOCN Forest School courses, established for 10 years supplying high quality courses throughout Yorkshire and the North East.

Teaching is delivered by enthusiastic and supportive tutors who are qualified teachers and Forest School Leaders, and importantly, experienced in the integration of Forest School in a wide range of educational contexts. Our lead trainer, Hazel Canning, is a Forest School Association Endorsed Forest School Trainer.

Use of first class training venues well suited for classroom and woodland based training sessions at different locations in the region.

"The learners have produced excellent portfolios of evidence indicating the amount of high quality teaching and learning that has taken place." Open College Network Quality Reviewer