ICT Level 2 Forest School Leader Training

Learn the skills to work in a Forest School setting

The ITC 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. As well as the practical training, you will be required to complete a portfolio of coursework which you will have up to a year to complete 

Our staff are friendly and experienced forest school leaders and are always on hand to help. We provide coursework support days and email/telephone support as and when you should need it to help you complete your coursework. 

The course runs over 5 days. Either consecutively or 1 day a week for 5 weeks. Each day runs from 9-4.30pm 

Course Cost: £660


Topics Covered

How to look after and maintain your tools for Forest School.
How to demonstrate and risk assess your tools effectively.
How to use the tools to make something useful.
How to tie knots and lashing that will help you build an awesome forest school area.
How to put up a tarpaulin shelter.
Fire lighting and campfire cooking, including how do this safely and hygienically; as well as how to risk assess the activities.
Looking at forest management and how to reduce the impact of forest school on the natural environment
How to risk assess your area for activities.
Shelter building activities and risk assessments to do with this.

Who is the course for?

Classroom Assistants
Early Years Settings
Youth group leaders

What can I use the qualification for?

Completion of the practical course and required coursework qualifies you to work as a ITC Level 2 Forest School Assistant. 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.

Entry requirments

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.

Course Dates

Exmouth Forest School - £660
August FULLY BOOKEDMonday 23rd - 27th August 2021
September Monday 13th, 20th, 27th September & 4th, 11th October 2021
OctoberMonday 25th - Friday 29th October 2021
FebruaryMonday 21st - Friday 25th February 2022
March/AprilMonday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March & 4th April 2022
June/JulyMonday 13th, 20th, 27th June & 4th, 11th July 2022
AugustMonday 8th - Friday 12th August 2022


Forest School First Aid and Paediatric First aid

First Aid training is not compulsory however is strongly recommended if you do not hold an equivalent outdoor First Aid qualification.

Forest School First Aid training covers practical skills needed by those who work with children, providing the confidence and knowledge to deal with comprehensive life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment, including first aid for adult helpers. The complementary Paediatric first aid qualification satisfies Early Years Foundation Stage practice guidance and statutory guidelines.

Both First Aid qualifications are now available with The Outdoors Group at an additional cost.


Our Training Promise

  • That all staff are suitable, highly skilled and passionate with a broad range of specialist qualifications and experience
  • To always have a qualified first aider on site
  • To provide the best toilets in the woods!
  • To always provide the best beverages – filter coffee not instant!
  • To create a sense of community and that you will leave feeling inspired and positive
  • To continue to support you before, during and after your learning journey with us
  • That our training will reflect the needs of our students


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We understand that the constantly changing COVID-19 situation is creating a lot of uncertainty and that you may be nervous about booking anything right now! We want to  reassure you that you can book with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can flex your booking if the disruption caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus means that you are unable to attend your booking for groups or courses with The Outdoors Group. This applies to both adult and child provision. We aim to provide options that suit the customer whilst keeping the business sustainable.

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