Short Courses

Accredited Outdoor Learning Courses!

Forest Schools is not the only way to get children outside! We are now offering Accredited Training for Outdoor Learning. These are becoming increasingly popular with educational professionals who want to expand their knowledge and confidence in delivering all areas of the curriculum in their outside space as well as improving their own skills in how to improve their local green environments for learning and biodiversity.

We currently offer a range of accredited courses for you to get your children learning outside:

OCN Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Get the spark back into teaching by learning how low cost outside activities can be linked to all areas of the Curruluim. This enjoyable 2.5 day course focuses on developing practical hands-on skills to build confidence and ability in using the outdoor environments. You will learn how to manage and improve these for teaching & learning.

Assessment notes:

  • 5 credits
  • 2 units
    • Outdoor Learning Practitioner
    • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • 6 months completion time
  • Portfolio of evidence to complete

Entry requirements:

  • Aged 16 years or over
  • Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)
  • Current DBS Check
  • A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course

    OCN Level 3 Outdoor Learning Coordinator

    Suitable for those looking for a whole school approach to teaching the Curruluim outside. This course follows on from the Level 2 and looks at the context behind outdoor learning, how you can enthuse and motivate your staff to embed this as a whole school strategy and plan for an all year round programme of outdoor learning.

    Become an Outdoor Champion for your school!

    Assessment notes:

    • 10 credits
    • 4 units
      • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
      • Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
      • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
      • Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator.
    • Portfolio of evidence
    • 9 months to complete

    Assessment notes:

    • OCN Level 2 Outdoor Outdoor Learning Practitioner Qualification
    • Established link with a client group and at least two years’ experience with client groups
    • 21 years or over at the start of the course.

    We offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses aimed at giving ideas and activities for delivering the curriculum out of doors – please see the course dates page for further info on these

    We also run training and events with the following partners:  Woodland Trust, Royal Horticultural Society – Campaign for School Gardening, Growing the Future, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Federation of City Farms and Gardens

    We are very keen to provide courses and events in your area for NGO’s, community groups, schools & nurseries, phone us for an informal chat about services that we can offer.

    New courses for 2019!

    We are delighted to be working within the beautiful grounds of Baggeridge Country Park in Staffordshire this year for our new and exciting short courses. Please get in touch with us if you would like these courses listed in your own location – We are happy to come to your setting for whole group bespoke workshops. Please contact us on 07807624844,

    Short Course Description

    Campfire cooking

    An introduction to Safe fire lighting a fire and the different ways of cooking.

    We will spend the day:-

    • exploring different ways to start a fire – the pros and cons of natural / man made tinder’s
    • Different fire lays for a variety of cooking methods.
    • Fire safety.
    • Food hygiene.
    • How to introduce fire to a group of children.

    All drinks, refreshments and of course food cooked by yourselves on an open fire will be supplied.

    Team building

    Team building principles.

    • Using teambuilding to create and assess learning.
    • Developing teambuilding games for different purposes/environments.
    • Delivering a teambuilding game to a group.

    • Principles of reflection, reflecting on own development through teambuilding engagement.

    Teach play and learn

    Teach, Learn and Play – Sneaky learning in the Outdoors!

    Why not let children learn the fun way, outside, learning becomes easier and more natural. Come and join us in a fun packed day filled with ideas and activities you can take back to your setting which will connect your children to the natural environment. All handouts included

    Delivering EYFS outdoors

    Ensuring young children get time to discover the outdoor world is essential to their development and growth.
    This course will give you the basics to get started in your outdoor natural journey. We will spend our time looking at and taking part in activities which cover the whole of the framework. We will spend time discussing the challenges you might face and how you can overcome them to create a successful natural space.

    Clay Oven Building

    Come along to tis fantastic course and learn how to build a cob oven from scratch. We will spend the day looking at all aspects of oven making, including using the best raw ingredients and how to source them, how to mix your cob and build your oven. The day will be very practical, wear old clothes and wellies has you will be treading the cob and getting your hands dirty.

    Hot and cold refreshments and a healthy lunch provided.

    The course also includes a free invite has guests for the first firing of the pizza oven where you will learn the best ways to light the pizza an of course sample the first pizza to be cooked.

    Living history

    Everyone wants to be a Viking!
    Don’t look through text books – get children outside to find out how they really lived.
    Spend the day with a Viking – Amongst outdoor activities suitable for teaching the history curriculum outside you will lean the basic principles of fire building, natural dying and simple pewter casting using cuttlefish. This exciting opportunity is strictly limited to 6 places so please book early. Includes a simple Viking lunch cooked over the fire.

    Tool Use for Groups

    Camp Craft

    Tree & Plant ID

    Mighty Maths Outdoors



    Natural Dying

    Camp Craft