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Forest School Training

Welcome to Inspired Forest School Training, your premier destination for top-quality Forest School courses in Gloucestershire. Our accredited Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 qualifications are designed to provide a unique and friendly learning experience in the heart of our Forest School setting. Ideal for individuals in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Bristol, Somerset, Swindon, Monmouthshire, Wiltshire, and surrounding areas.Forest-Schoole-Training Inspired Forest School Training

What Sets Forest School Apart?

Forest School is a distinctive learning approach, placing child-led play and small, achievable curriculum-linked activities at its core. This methodology nurtures the development of self-esteem, resilience, and confidence. Led by experienced adults, including at least one Level Three Forest School Leader, our sessions offer regular exposure to nature and encourage calculated risk-taking, empowering individuals to unlock their full potential.

Why Choose Inspired Forest School Training?

Rooted in the Scandinavian lifestyle and backed by two decades of experience in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, we bring unparalleled expertise to training adult students. As a not-for-profit company, our mission is to make this enriching learning style accessible to more children. With strong partnerships with local schools and businesses, our trainees have a unique opportunity to learn alongside children, ensuring a comprehensive and inspiring training experience.


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What is Forest School Training?

To achieve the best outcome for our students, we are working alongside two local schools and our friends at the University Of Gloucestershire, Pata UK, The Ernest Cook Trust ,Natural Mindfulness and Badger Wood Adventures.

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Unique Leader training

As a result of this, and as part of our unique training, students will observe and participate in numerous Forest School settings. Consequently 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. Our support continues even once you have completed your training.

Practical experiences

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.

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We also offer professional development courses. We like to call these FOREST SCHOOL PLUS. Courses we run include 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.

Sports Premium Funding

If you receive Sports Premium funding then all of our courses can be funded using this. We look forward to helping you to reach your full potential through your qualification with us.

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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):

  • Sessions take place in a natural environment to support development
  • Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions
  • Promote the use of a range of learner-centred processes
  • Aiming to promote holistic development
  • Offering learners the opportunity to take supported risks
  • All run by a qualified Forest School practitioner.

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Inspired Forest School Training is endorsed by Tom Hall, Head of Education at Active Gloucestershire. 

Meet the trainer

IMG_20180320_133655-01-1-150x150 Inspired Forest School TrainingShane is our Forest School Leader and QCF trainer. He has been a Forest School Leader for 16 years and is nothing less than an outdoor learning expert!

Since completing his qualification in 2007, he has established three Forest School sites, whilst at the same time working with thousands of children at Forest School sessions, as well as welcoming colleagues and visiting staff locally and from Europe… READ MORE

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Next L3 course:
January '24
Next course - Sept '22