Forest School Leader Award (Level 3)

The Forest School Leader Award is a Level 3 qualification (A Level standard). Verified by Liminalis Ltd., and accredited by ITC First, the training provides the practitioner with the skills and knowledge to risk assess, set up and manage a Forest School site. It equips them to plan and safely facilitate challenging, learner led, Forest School programmes with a range of client groups in line with the Forest School ethos and principles. The training covers 5 units of study worth 18 credits at Level 3, requiring the completion of a portfolio of evidence and a group and site-specific handbook.


Entry criteria

To do the course you must:

✓ Be aged 21 years or over (by the end of the course);
✓ Be a qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker (to Level 3 equivalent) OR an appropriate Level 2 with at least 2 years’ experience of working with your chosen client group in a leadership capacity;
✓ Hold a current DBS certificate;
✓ Have access to a group with whom you will run a 6-week ‘Introduction to Forest School’ Programme.

This Level 3 Forest School Leader training course will give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to set up and run Forest School sessions in their school, setting or independently. The Level 3 qualification gained is equivalent to an A-Level, is verified by Liminalis Ltd. and accredited by ITC First.


About the Trainer, Sarah Allington

Sarah Allington is an experienced Level 3 Forest School practitioner working with children and young people from toddlers to teenagers including those with a range of additional needs. Sarah holds the FSA’s recognised provider status for her Forest School sessions which is a benchmark for quality Forest School provision. She is a founding member of a small charity which promotes access to quality Forest School for children and families. Sarah is training to become a Level 3 Forest School trainer alongside Charlotte and this course will be co-delivered.

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