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Forest School Training - Course Structure, Dates and Costs

The Forest School qualification we run is on the national OFQUAL qualification framework and run through the Open College Network West Midlands Awarding body.  The qualification is approved by the English qualification system.

We run the course in two formats;

5 courses through the year are in a ‘staged’ Modular format and includes all the levels - 1,2 and 3.  Each module progresses on from the previous one and students can choose how far they wish to progress.   Students can then top-up at a later date when they are ready to progress on to the higher levels of the training

We also run two level 3 courses in a more intensive format where students attend for 5 intensive days followed a few weeks later by 3 days of practical skills assessment and training.  We have arranged a course to take place in the summer holidays and a long weekend, allowing more flexibility regarding precious teaching time.  The coursework is carried out in 2 sections – the handbook is produced then all the remainder is handed in 10 to 12 months from the start of the course.  There is also a separate coursework tutorial offered to students.

Students following the level 3 qualification will also need to ensure they have the 2 day outdoor first aid for Forest School leaders (this include paediatrics) or appropriate First aid qualification before they qualify.  Bishops Wood do run the First aid course throughout the year – see weblink for dates.  The cost is £170

See below for all the details of courses run at Bishops Wood Centre. 

 

                                                                               

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership9 day

Next available course at FSC Bishops Wood Centre, Worcestershire:

February 2019

Please email [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.

For the Level 3 Certificate for Forest School leaders  students can follow the course in two ways, either 4 separate teaching sessions spread over 4 months or the 5 consecutive initial training days followed by 3 practical skills training days approximately a month later (see dates below). Both formats involve teaching/learning days with the tutors and include a practical skills assessment, followed by students establishing their own Forest School programme.  We visit the students setting to both assess their delivery and importantly to give constructive feedback and advice on any issues they may have with setting up and establishing Forest School in their setting.

The course requires students to complete a portfolio of evidence and therefore the qualification takes a period of 10 months to complete.  The coursework is split in three sections, including the handbook, to be handed in at various times during the 10 months. 

This is the nationally recognised level of training required if you want to lead Forest School and is worth 18 credits. The student learning hours in total amount to a minimum of 180 hours.

Entry Criteria

  • Be aged 21 years or over
  • Be a qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker (to a Level 3 equivalent) OR an appropriate Level 2 with a portfolio of at least 2 years experience of working with their chosen client group in a leadership capacity.
  • Hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
  • Have access to a group with whom they will run a 6-week Forest School Programme

Dates of 2019 courses at Bishops Wood Centre

February 2019: 
Wed 27th & Thurs 28 February 2019 (training days)
Wed 6th & Thurs 7th March 2019 (training days)
Wed 27th & Thurs 28th March 2019 (training days)
Wed 3rd, Thurs 4th & Fri 5th April 2019 (assessment days)

 

July 2019:
Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2019 (training days)
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September 2019 (training days)
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 2019 (assessment days)

 

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Level 2 - Forest School Programme Support4 day

Students studying for the Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants, attend the first two teaching modules, ie 4 days and get assessed on the second module for their practical skills.  They then assist on 3 Forest school sessions and have to complete a portfolio of work covering skills for the assistant and supporting learning and development at Forest School.  The level 2 normally takes up to 4 months to complete depending on when they can assist with Forest School (students have to find their own Forest Schools to assist with.)

This course is worth 7 credits and the total learning hours amount to 70 hours

Entry Criteria

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Have a relevant qualification equivalent to a Level 1 or have experience of working with children or young people
  • Hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
  • Assist in 3 sessions of a programme run by a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader

Dates of next Courses at FSC Bishops Wood Centre, Worcestershire

February 2019: Wed 27th Thurs 28th Feb and  Wed 6th & Thurs 7th March 2019

 

 

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Level 2 To 3 Top-Up To Certificate In Forest Schools Leadership5 day

Level 2-3 Top-up Certificate in Forest School Leadership is for Level 2 Assistants which involves attending the last 5 training days on any of our modular courses.  This includes a practical skills assessment, followed by establishing the Forest School programme; during which students are assessed on delivery in their own setting.  The course requires students to complete a portfolio of evidence with three separate pieces of coursework.  The qualification takes a period of up to 8 months to complete.

Entry criteria: Students need to have a level 2 certificate and sent in their Level 2 coursework,  followed by a telephone interview before being accepted to attend the top-up.

Entry Criteria

  • Be aged 21 years or over
  • Must have been certified with the Open College Network West Midlands Region Level 2 qualification and will need to provide the Level 2 coursework they submitted
  • Hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
  • Have access to a group with whom they will run a 6-week Forest School Programme

Dates of Courses

Please contact Bishops Wood Centre on 01299 250513

 

 

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Level 1Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles2 day

The Forest School Training Level 1 course is a good place to start if this is a new concept to you. Ideal for staff or parents interested in helping at Forest Schools and/or who may want an overview of the Forest School philosophy and practise. 

Students follow the first teaching module of 2 days and then attend one Forest School session, led by a level 3 leader, and complete a small amount of coursework.  This award accounts for 30 hours of learning time or 3 credits.

Entry Criteria

  • Be over 16 years of age
  • Hold a current DBS certificate
  • Have access to a Forest School programme run by a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader

Please contact the office on 01299 250513 for dates of 2019 Courses

 

 

 

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Costings and Booking0 day

Course Costings;

Course Costs:  covers tutoring, lunches and refreshments throughout the courses, equipment, resources, workbooks, registrations, assessment, verification, certification and ongoing support.

 

Cost of course

Additional Assessment Fee

Level 3

£920

£75 plus 45p per mile plus VAT*

Level 2 – 3 top up

£515

£75 plus 45p per mile plus VAT*

Level 2

£515

n/a

Level 1

£260

n/a

*Out of area assessments costs - an additional charge of £75 plus 45p per mile plus VAT is levied for any Forest School delivery assessments carried out beyond a 50 mile radius of the Bishops Wood Centre.

How to book;

For more details and booking please contact us by e-mailing at: [email protected]  or telephone 01299 250513 or write to       FSC Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9SE

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