Forest School Training, Newcastle, UK

Welcome to our Forest School Training page!

We run both Forest School Level 1 and Level 3 courses at our lovely site here at Scotswood Garden. Our highly experienced, knowledgeable trainers ensure that the courses are both engaging and informative. Below you'll find the dates of our next courses. Please scroll down the page to read more detailed descriptions of both courses and feedback from participants. 

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Please note that we are now a Registered Forest School Trainer with the Forest School Association. You can see our entry by clicking on our pin on this page: Find a Forest School Trainer

To find out more about the Forest School Association, please see here: Forest School Association | What is Forest School? | Forest Schools | Nature Premium


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

This course is great for those wanting to find out more about Forest School. It is full of activities, games and ideas to enrich your practice, as well as introducing you to some of the skills of forest school. To request a booking form or for more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Level 1 course dates in spring 2024: April 18th, 25th and May 2nd ***fully booked***

Level 1 course dates in autumn 2024: Oct 17th, 24th and Nov 7th

Learners will need to attend all 3 days to complete the course. Cost £300 per person. Training days will run 9.00am - 5.00pm. For a more detailed description of the Level 1 course, please scroll down the page. 


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

A comprehensive course for those wanting to deliver their own forest school sessions. For more information or to request a booking form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Level 3 course dates starting spring 2024: March 14/15 and 21/22, May 23/24, Oct 3/4 10/11 ***Fully booked***

Level 3 course dates starting autumn 2024: Nov 14/15 and 21/22, 2025 March 6/7, June 12/13/19/20

Cost £900 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 a more detailed description of the level 3 course, scroll down the page.

We have 2 subsidised (half price) places on each course, available for people on low incomes. 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.

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Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles 

The level 1 course is suitable for peoPXL 20230623 160323444ple 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 use 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 the more involved level 3 training.  

The total qualification time for this course is 30 hours. This includes 3 days of face to face teaching, and the requirement to observe a forest school session (we can help arrange this for you if necessary). We will provide a course book with 9 short written assessment tasks. There will be time to complete all of these on the course, although you can take your workbook home to add extra information if you wish.

Feedback from Level 1 participants: 
"This is the best course I have been on in 21 years of teaching."
"I found the course highly informative and very useful to my work practice and personally. Thank you."

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. 

PXL 20230623 160323444Harriet of Scotswood Garden and Lily of Kindling have used their many years of experience in delivering Forest School and Forest School training programmes, to develop a new format for the OCN 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. The course is delivered by Harriet and Kay Stott, who is an experienced teacher, forest school leader and community musician.

Participants 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. Participants must be 19 year old or over. Please contact us for more details on this. 


Feedback from Level 3 participants:

"Quite honestly I felt in very safe and professional hands. Even before it started I felt that needs were met. The content was completely inspirational and delivered with such passion and confidence it would have been hard not to be immersed in learning at all times. The complete diversity of teaching styles was really engaging and really taught me a lot". 

"Wonderful setting and welcoming place."

"What an experience! Forest School has been a really incredible learning experience that has changed a part of me. I've found peace in the forest and learnt a lot along the way."

“Harriet and Kay are amazing! Inspirational, motivational, professional, approachable and wonderful people who have converted me to the forest school life!"

"Unbelievable training course, you would be hard pressed to find a more inspirational, engaging and playful training course for all leaders".

"I have accumulated a wealth of skills, knowledge and understanding, and am far from the practitioner I was at the start".

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Forest School Level 3 - More notes on 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 and Assessments

The total qualification time for this course is 180 hours. This inccludes:

  • 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. We estimate these will take approximately 60 hours to complete outside of the face to face training.
  • You will plan, deliver and evaluate 6 sessions with a group of learners in your setting.
  • Ongoing 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

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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.


All trainees on both courses will receive a 5% discount on forest school resources from Muddy Faces 

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