The NOCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders is designed for learners who will be planning and leading groups in a Forest School programme. The qualification is aimed at adults (including, but not limited to, teachers, teaching assistants, early years educators, support workers and outdoor instructors) who require the knowledge and skills to be a Forest School Leader.
The minimum age for access to the qualification is 19.
Achievement of this qualification will give the skills and development required to plan and deliver Forest School, including organising activities and working with children and young people.
Learners will gain an understanding of the principles of Forest School and the skills required for facilitating outdoor activities. This qualification prepares learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.
Starting 6 March 2023
Training days: 10 days from March 2023 to November 2023
Venue: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
Starting 26 April 2023
Training days: 10 days from April 2023 to December 2023
Venue: Durham Wildlife Trust, Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, DH4 6PU
Starting 15 June 2023
Training days: 10 days from June 2023 to February 2024
Venue: Northdale, Northallerton, DL7 0LQ
Starting 4 October 2023
Training days: 10 days from October 2023 to May 2024
Venue: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Margrove Heritage Centre, TS12 3BZ
£950 NOCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders
To register your interest please complete the registration form
Training is a combination of face-to-face days, with training sessions in the main taking place in woodland settings, and independent study.
There are five units of study.
Forest School Programme: Delivery
To include leading a six session Forest School programme; observing three children and assessing the impact of Forest School on the learning and behaviour; and evaluating the Forest School sessions.
Forest School Programmes: The Woodland Environment
To include learning about the ecology of woodland ecosystems; identifying a range of flora and fauna; and understanding the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment.
Forest School programmes: Learning and Development
To include understanding theories of learning and their application to a Forest School programme; learning how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning; and understanding the impact of behaviour on learning and development at Forest School.
Forest School Programme: Planning and Preparation
To include learning about the ecological impact of Forest School programmes and developing a plan for the sustainable use of own Forest School site; developing policies and procedures; managing risk at Forest; and planning a six session Forest School programme.
Forest School Programme: Practical Skills
To include learning to facilitate a range of woodland skills including the use of tools, making items using natural woodland materials, erecting shelters and managing campfires.
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