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Forest School Training OCNWMR  Level 2

Award in Forest School Programme Support (RQF)

To become an Assistant Forest School Leader, this Level 2 training programme covers two units of study at level 2 and once achieved, qualifies you to assist at Forest School (not to lead). To achieve this qualification, it is essential that you are working with an established qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader, to enable the assessment criteria to be met.  

The nationally recognised RQF Units:

Unit 1: Skills for the Forest School Programme Assistant: (3 credits)

This unit develops skills, knowledge and understanding for the Forest School assistant to work safely in the natural woodland environment with their Level 3 Forest School Programme Leader/Practitioner.  The subjects covered during this training are:

  • Woodland ecology and structure
  • Woodland flora and fauna identification
  • The ecological impact of Forest School and how this can be managed
  • Defining hazards and risks at Forest School and risk benefit assessments
  • The use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
  • The safe use of traditional hand tools to make simple craft items from natural resources plus tool maintenance, safety and storage
  • Using a range of knots to erect tarpaulin shelters
  • The safe siting, lighting and management of a fire at Forest School

Unit 2: Supporting Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme: (3 credits)

This unit covers some of the theoretical components of the Forest School ethos and principles which underpin the whole of professional Forest School practice, together with practical role as a Forest School Assistant over 3 consecutive Forest School sessions.  The areas covered are:

  • How Forest School can support an individual`s learning and development
  • Know how experiences can support learning and development at Forest School
  • Be able to perform the role of Assistant at Forest School and assist with the planning, delivery and evaluation of 3 consecutive Forest School sessions for the same children, with their Forest School Level 3 Programme Leader/Practitioner.


The course duration is 5 full days  (9.30am-5pm) with approximately 35 hours of taught time, and approximately 30 hours of additional self-directed study required; including assisting with the planning, delivery and evaluation of a minimum of 3 consecutive Forest School sessions with the same children. The course work is to be completed & submitted within 6 months of start date.

Please note - to give you as much practical hands on woodland experience and knowledge as possible, all of the programme will be delivered outdoors - please come dressed accordingly and bring plenty of food and drinking water - hot tea and coffee is always available.

Entry Criteria:

Over 21 with 2 or more years experience of working with children or young people.

Must be working with a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner within your provision prior to commencing the training programme to be able to assist the planning and delivery of three consecutive Forest School sessions with the same children as part of a longer term Forest School programme.  

Assessment: Assisting your qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, for 3 consecutive Forest School sessions with the same children and the completion of a written portfolio for assessment. Evidence of enhanced DBS check required.

Please note - this level 2 programme qualifies you to ASSIST a qualified Level 3 Practitioner and

DOES NOT qualify you to lead - this is important please!





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The fee for the OCNWMR  Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support training programme is £575 per person.

Full payment or purchase order required with booking form to secure your place.  

Payment by cheque/electronic transfer/invoice on receipt of purchase order


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