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Forest School Programme Leadership Certificate

The Forest School Level 3 course is suitable if you wish to run your own Forest School or to be a qualified Forest School leader within an educational setting.
You will take part in practical sessions held in South Devon College’s woodland. The sessions will be supplemented with online lessons, activities and reading. You will have nine months to attend sessions, gain valuable Forest School work experience and complete a portfolio of evidence which you will find invaluable when you start to run your own forest school sessions!
As part of your portfolio you will have to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Forest School, learning and development that takes place at Forest School, woodland management and your practical skills.
You will need access to Forest School sessions to gain practical work experience of planning and will be expected to lead six sessions with the same group as part of your evidence. Please be aware that The Department for Education’s minimum age for a Forest School Leader is 21, but assistants can be younger.

The next cohort will be starting in September 2020 with sessions taking place on Friday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30.
Remember to bring suitable clothing as sessions take place whatever the weather!

If you are aged 19 and over you may have options to help fund your studies with us, such as the Advanced Learner Loan. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to free or reduced course fees. You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment. To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.

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Code Location Dates Day Times Weeks 19+ Fee  
FC Courses marked are full cost with no reductions available.
T2 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
T3 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 3 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
19+ Courses marked may entitle you to an Advanced Learning Loan to help fund your studies, available for learners aged 19 or over.

Charlotte has worked in the childcare industry for 12 years as a childminder and Nursery owner. After gaining Early Years Professional Status, she transferred these skills into teaching and now has the joy of training the next generation of Early Years practitioners. She's passionate about experiential learning and is a Forest School leader and advocate.Charlotte Leighton

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