Learn the skills required to support Forest School Leaders.

Learn Skills to work in a Forest School setting

The Ascentis Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF) provides learners with the skills required to support Forest School Leaders when conducting Forest School outdoor programmes and activities. It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth workers, students and others in providing preparation for further development and study to becoming a Forest School Leader.

2019 Course Dates


February – Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

March & April –  Monday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March and Monday 1st April 2019

May/June – Tuesday 28th May – Saturday 1st June 2019

August – Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 2019


April & May – Monday 22nd, 29th April and Monday 6th, 13th, 20th May 2019 

July – Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July 2019


What’s included

The level 2 is equivalent to A* – C grades at GCSE. This qualification is designed for Forest School Assistants and comprises of two units that are designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School Assistant, enabling them to take a proactive role in helping the Forest School Leader plan and deliver the Forest School programme. Trainees needs to have a DBS check, have some experience working with children and young people. A valid paediatric first aid certificate is also desirable. Trainees will also need to support a minimum of three to four Forest School sessions in order to complete their Forest School Assistant handbook.

Where is it held?

We are excited to have two venues in the South West from which we can deliver our training. They are:

Exmouth Forest School; on the outskirts of Exmouth, Devon, in a 60 year old woodland.

The Garden; a democratic community and hidden gem of mainly woodland in the heart of St Werburghs, Bristol.

Who runs the course?

Tom Lowday delivers the courses for all Forest School Leader Training at The Outdoors Group. Tom is an experienced and inspiring Forest School Leader and is Director of The Outdoors Group, which runs Forest School sites across Devon in Exeter, Exmouth, Okehampton and Tiverton.

Course Length: 5 days

Cost: £660

Time: Each day runs from 9am – 4.30pm

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the course, please email training@outdoorsgroup.co.uk or call us on 07773 545136.

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Our Training Vision...


Our range of training sessions cover teenagers, young adults and professionals looking to build on their outdoor education experience and knowledge.


All of our training courses are accredited and awarded by training organisation Ascentis and run by qualified practitioners to provide you with expert knowledge.


Many of our course attendees have gone on to build and develop their own Forest School setting, developing their career in outdoor education.

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