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Content / Overview
This course runs for seven days (weekdays only) plus two days of support, and enables you to set up and run forest school sessions in your own setting. You will investigate how best to design and run a forest school programme, and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.
You will learn about:
- The Forest Schools Model and how it is essential for learning and development.
- The natural environment and how to manage it effectively and sustainably.
- The importance of understanding ecosystems and their function for educational development, which includes both environmental and personal sustainability.
- How the long-term interventional process of forest schools is fundamental for personal, social and emotional development.
- What it’s like to be a learner who is challenged physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
- How to plan, design and resource fire: fire for light, heat, food, community and more.
- Boundaries and rules - how using tools, which can be scary or dangerous, can give a sense of personal responsibility and a sense of worth to those using them.
Course content is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of:
- Child development
- Personal development
- Educational theory
- Woodland conservation and recreation
- Innovative and therapeutic theory in the outdoors
- Risk assessments to enable safe outdoor play and education
This courses is suitable for:
- Anyone in a facilitating, teaching or mentoring role with babies, early years, young children, adolescents or young people.
- Anyone working in social care: those responsible for mentoring young mother and fathers, or families.
- Those in special needs forums: ASD learning disability, mental health, social care, adopters or adoptees.
- Educators – teachers or teaching assistants.
- Forestry and countryside workers: social forestry and educational groups.
Application followed by individual interview
You must have had past experience of working with children in any work capacity. Completion of the Forest School Programme Support Level 2 Award is advisable.
Seven days of training at Merrist Wood College, plus two support days will be included to complete portfolio.
You will be assessed via a portfolio of work, which you have 9 months to complete and return (from the date of registration). After this date you will be charged a re-registration fee of £66.
Set up and run forest school sessions in your own setting.
Students will be supported via e-mail and/or phone for two years from registration - including example lesson plans, help and advice.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').