Let us inspire your journey with small groups, innovative training and experiences in a working Forest School.
Forest School Leader Training
Here at Inspired Forest School Training, our aim is to provide you with the highest quality Forest School training in Gloucestershire, because the principles of Forest School matter to us.
What is Forest School?
First of all, Forest School is a unique approach to learning with child-led play at its centre. Children are offered curriculum-linked activities that are all small and achievable. This allows students to build self-esteem, resilience and confidence. Sessions are facilitated by the adults (at least one Level Three Forest School Leader) in the group. This regular access to nature and risk taking allows individuals to reach their full potential. The roots of Forest School can be traced to Scandinavia, where being outside is the norm!
Having 10 years experience of teaching this way, we know that we are in a strong position to train students. Our key aim as a non-profit making company is to enable more children to access this wonderful style of learning. We are lucky to be able to offer our trainees the opportunity to learn alongside children as we have strong partnerships with local schools and businesses. Why choose anywhere else? Join us and let’s inspire together!
What is Forest School Training?
As a result of this, and as part of our unique Forest School Training, students will observe and participate in numerous Forest School settings. As a results the coursework and objectives will be much easier to access and achieve. Students will also feel more confident in the process of setting up and running their own Forest School settings.
These experiences allow our trainees maximum opportunity for practical learning with the ones who matter most in Forest School – the children. Forest School is an inspirational process offering everyone the opportunity to succeed through small, achievable tasks. Furthermore, sessions focus upon participants taking well calculated risks.
What Forest School courses do we offer?
Our Forest School Training courses include Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Forest School Leader training as well as a series of development days. The level that you can begin at depends on your experience, age and qualifications.
As part of our unique courses, we will guide and support you every step of the way.
We also offer Forest School professional development courses -we like to call these FOREST SCHOOL PLUS – such as Natural Mindfulness with Ian Banyard of Cotswold Natural Mindfulness, Advanced Forest School Tool Use with Touchwood Crafts and Achievable Willow Weaving with Helen of Glos Arts and Crafts Centre. If you receive Sports Premium funding then all of our courses can be funded using this. Click here to find out more. We look forward to helping you to reach your full potential through your qualification with us.
All courses are accredited by the Open College Network, West Midlands.
Forest School principles
Finally, throughout our Forest School Training, we follow the key principles of Forest School from its Scandinavian roots. These principles have been set out by the Forest School Association (FSA):
Meet the trainer
Shane is our Forest School Leader and QCF trainer. He has been a Forest School Leader for 11 years and is nothing less than a Forest School expert! Since completing his qualification in 2007, he has established three Forest School sites, worked with thousands of children at Forest School sessions, welcomed colleagues and visiting staff locally and from Europe… READ MORE
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A word from our trainees
I have had an amazing time learning with Shane and a great bunch of people. Truly inspirational, passionate about what he’s teaching and keen to improve and help others improve.What more can you ask for? I can’t wait to get started.
Travelled a little further but was well worth it. The course content was just right and Shane is inspirational! Met some great people to walk alongside as we all become Forest School Leaders. Can’t recommend enough!
I have absolutely loved my Level 3 Forest School training. I’ve learned so many new skills and have discovered that I am way more capable than I ever thought.Shane is a fantastic trainer and his enthusiasm is infectious. I have literally loved every minute and cannot wait to see the positive impact it’s going to have on my school.#inspired
This was a life changing course. Lovely, supportive people with the same interests as me. Excellent tutor with a depth of experience, enthusiasm and real sense of the Forest School ethos. Great balance of discussion, work with children and using tools. I would thoroughly recommend this course.
A unique opportunity to gain your Forest School qualifications in a working Forest School environment. Shane is an amazing tutor. Come and see for yourself!
What an action packed 5 days training! Lots of laughter, have-a-go attitude and practical exercises masterfully supported by an experienced tutor. Can’t wait to start trying stuff out on the kids. Thanks Shane
Inspired Forest School Training really does live up to its name. With an inspiring course (and tutor), I have learned new skills and added another dimension to my teaching. It was lots of fun too! I would highly recommend this course.
Shane is absolutely
fab! I feel so inspired! Fantastic training – I’ve learnt SO much. I cannot wait to start Forest School at my school and get the kids learning outdoors. Thank you so much! Couldn’t recommend more!
A fantastic hands on course run by a super enthusiast
ic, knowledgea ble and supportive trainer. Can’t recommend it enough!
I am half way through this course…loving it. Only regret is that I did not do it sooner! Shane is very knowledgeable and supportive. Highly recommend this course.