Forest School Training, Newcastle, UK

For those wanting to deliver their own forest school. To request a booking form please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to know what we are doing to minimize Covid risk please see below.

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (10 day course)

Starting Autumn 2022: 29th and 30th Sept, 6th and 7th Oct, 2023: 16th and 17th Feb, 15th and 16th June, 22nd and 23rd June (FULLY BOOKED)

Starting 2023: /16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th March/    /18th,19th May/    /2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th November/ (SPACES AVAILABLE)

 Cost £850 per person, includes one year's membership of Forest School Association. Training days will run 9.00am - 5.00pm.  Learners need to attend all 10 days of training. For more information on the level 3 course scroll down the page.

We have 2 subsidised places available for people on low income. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. People from backgrounds that are under represented in outdoor education (people of colour, disabled people) will be given priority.

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles (3 day course)

April 2023 21st/27th/28th 9.30am - 5pm

Learners will need to attend all 3 days to complete the course. Cost £270. For more information on the level 1 course scroll down the page


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Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership provided by Scotswood Garden

The level 3 course represents the industry standard for those that wish to lead their own forest school sessions. We have developed this course together with  Kindling Play and Training. 

Lily of Kindling and Harriet of Scotswood Garden have used their many years of experience in delivering Forest School and Forest School training programmes to develop a new format for the NOCN Level 3 (RQF) course that excites and inspires participants, whilst providing all the theory, skills and knowledge necessary to set up and lead a Forest School programme. The course guides learners through an enjoyable, supportive learning process with clear, easy to understand teaching materials. The course is taught outside, through a mixture of games, practical activities, reflection and creative presentations.

Learners are assessed in their learning through the submission of 20 assessment tasks, completed throughout the course. Some tasks will be completed during the training and some will be written up in between  the taught sessions. Participants on the course will need to plan and deliver 6 Forest School sessions with the same group of children.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Lily and Harriet were both inspiring!”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner. Harriet and Lily always offering to aid and support each individual”

“Have absolutely 100% loved every second. So excited to get going with Forest School!

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Course content

The course will support you to understand everything you need to know to design and run a Forest School programme safely and effectively including:

-       Understanding how children learn and develop

-       Learning about woodland plants and animals and how to care for woodlands

-       Practical skills including fire lighting, cooking, using tools, tying knots and building shelters

-       How to safely teach these practical skills to a group

-       How to maintain safety and wellbeing, and understand the relationship between risk and developmental benefit

-       How to effectively communicate the ethos and benefits of Forest School

Course Duration

  • 10 taught days (5 x 2 day blocks) of teaching spread over 9 months
  • Written work: learners complete and submit 20 written tasks throughout the course. The last of these tasks are submitted 3 months after the last day of training.
  • You will plan, deliver and evaluate 6 sessions with a group of learners in your setting.
  • Support and advice available by telephone or email throughout the course.
  • During the last 4 days of training, learners will demonstrate their practical skills and work together to deliver a session that demonstrates the ethos of forest school.

 For more information or to book a place on the course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call for a chat on 0191 2750000

First Aid Training

Before the last day of training, learners need to complete a separate 2 day ITC Outdoor first aid course (not included in price). Susan Byrne from Where We Tread offers accredited ITC First Aid training for forest school trainees that will combine an outdoor qualification with a pediatric first aid qualification. She will arrange a training course for the particpants on each course. If you cannot attend the dates, we can recommend other alternatives. If you are due to renew your pediatric first aid before you start the course, you can save time and book onto a course that combines both, rather than doing a pediatric one now and an outdoor one later.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles 

The level 1 is suitable for people at the start of their forest school journey, giving an overview of the principles, introducing many of the skills, and providing a range of ideas for activities and games that learners can introduce in their own settings. It covers the forests school ethos and the theory that underpins it, practical skills such as fire lighting, using tools and putting up shelters, flora and fauna identification, risk assessment and management and managing the environmental impact. 
It is also suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and group leaders who want to understand the ethos of forest schools and incorporate it into their sessions, get new ideas and inspiration for activities, or decide whether Forest School is for them before embarking on level 2 or 3.  A recent course participant said "this is the best course I have been on in 21 years of teaching".
All trainees on both of our courses will be given a 5% discount on forest school equipment purchases from Muddy Faces

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COVID Measures:

We will try and maintain social distance of 2 metres, and avoid sharing tools and resources where possible, wiping them down where not possible. We will also ask that participants do lateral flow tests before coming to the garden and hand sanitize on arriving at the garden. We will not be asking people to wear masks all day, but we will ask you to wear them at certain times so please bring a mask with you and feel free to wear one at any time if you choose. We have a compost toilet in the woods and will provide cloths and spray for people to wipe this before and after they use it.