Course Content

The Forest School Leaders Award consists of 18 ITC credits contained in five units of study:

1. Forest School Programmes: Practical Skills – This unit covers aspects of how to use the outdoor environment for learning and how to teach a range of practical woodland skills to others.

2. Forest School Programmes: The Woodland Environment - Understanding the structure, diversity and management of a wooded area.

3. Forest School Programme: Learning and Development - Looking at theories of learning and how to support holistic development. Discussing the importance of play and how to raise self-esteem in learners.

4. Forest School Programmes: Planning and Preparation - Covering elements of the preparation needed to establish your own Forest School, including policies and procedures, risk and communication.

5. Forest School Programme: Delivery – Aimed at delivering and evaluating Forest School sessions.


Venue: a beautiful, privately owned woodland in the village of Ashdon near Saffron Walden in North Essex.  Meeting point is All Saints Church Church Hill, in Ashdon.

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Estimated Course Commitment

Part of the course involves identifying a suitable site, establishing and running 6 Forest School sessions. This includes creating a specific Forest School handbook for your site and group of learners. In addition to the taught element (approx. 96 hours), the course involves approximately 84 hours of self-directed learning. This includes research, practical assignments and a completion of course portfolio including written assignments, photographs and other evidence of your learning. The course takes approximately 12 months to complete.