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Nature's Footprints - Level 3 Cert for Forest School Leaders


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Nature's Footprints is pleased to announce that we are now delivering the new NOCN qualification Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders. Jo Liversidge (Managing Director) has a number of years experience both in education and as a Forest School practitioner and trainer, working to support children, families and settings across Kirklees. It is this ongoing experience that she will be bringing to the training, guiding learners on an inspiring, creative and practical journey, whilst supporting and nurturing them through their experiences.

The course will run both inside and out, with time given for the learners to immerse themselves in a wooded environment. The training is a mixture of games, discussions, practical and written exercises with opportunities for reflection, presented in a variety of ways, and suited to the learners themselves. The course is also delivered using accessible resources and teaching materials and the content assessed through 20 individual assessment tasks. These are completed throughout.

NOCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders
This Level 3 qualification is designed to qualify the learner to become a Forest School practitioner, able to set up and run a Forest School programme. It covers how to facilitate groups in a learner-centred way, and how to manage a Forest School site sustainably. It also covers the practical skills required of a Forest School practitioner. Learners may typically be school and college staff, teachers and teaching assistants, youth workers.

Units covered on the training include; Planning, Preparation and Delivery of a Forest Schools Programme, Learning and Development, The Woodland Environment and Practical Skills. There will be opportunities to develop your own practice and skills, along with being able to facilitate a range of practical skills for others. There will be opportunities to visit different Forest School sites, to look at different woodland management techniques and the environmental impact we can have on our sites. There will be opportunities to identify flora and fauna on different sites and how we might explore this with our groups, alongside developing an understanding of the importance of the relationship between Forest School and the woodland environment.

Nature's Footprints can support learners in their ongoing journey through volunteering opportunities and access to a growing local network of Forest School practitioners.

Course Duration
10 taught days (5 x 1 day blocks plus a further block of 2 x 2 days plus 1 other day) 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.
Support and advice available by telephone or email throughout the course.
Before the last day of training, learners need to complete a separate 2 day ITC first aid course (THIS IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE).
During the last 4 days of training, learners will demonstrate their practical skills and work together to plan and deliver a session that explores the ethos of forest school.
COURSE COST £899 for the 12 days including FIRST AID

Initial 5 days training - Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th May and Thursday 7th June 2018

First Aid July or September 2018 - dates to be confirmed

Further training dates January / February 2019 - dates to be confirmed

Entry Requirements
NOCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders
The minimum age for this qualification is 19 years but please note that the minimum age for a qualified Forest School leader is 21 years. This is a Forest School Association and Department for Education requirement.
Additionally, learners must be able to deliver a six session 'Introduction to Forest Schools pilot programme' during their training.

Progression Routes
NOCN Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders
This qualification enables learners to deliver Forest School programmes or for further study and employment in the outdoors.

Please note tickets and places are booked through EVENTBRITE and once your place is booked we can send you further information, booking and consent forms, alongwith information about payment.

If you have any questions, queries or would like to know more then please do contact me


We very much hope to see you soon!