Our Level 3 Leader course is designed to give you the skills, theory and confidence to begin inspiring children and adults whilst managing and running a Forest School Setting.
This fantastic qualification is intended to provide the learner with an understanding of the benefits of learning beyond the classroom, how to manage groups and facilitate their learning and to practically deliver activity beyond the classroom environment.
Offering practical advice and support in setting up and running a forest school as well as providing support and advice for students with ASD and SEMH needs. A bespoke services with various packages and options available.
We offer a range of CPD courses for teachers and forest school leaders which provide support and guidance on forest school, behaviour support and specialist skills
If you are looking for a professional, developmental and fully customisable option for your team, then The Outdoors Group is the place for you. We offer an options based day or half day programme that can provide your team with a whole range of developmental and soft skills activities that will suit any requirements you may have.
Annie completed her Forest School Leader training with us back in 2017 and has worked with us ever since. Annie’s background in Primary education and Psychology gives her a unique take on the training courses she runs. Annie is an enthusiastic team member who believes passionately in outdoor education and experience for all.
Tally’s role in the training team is to design and deliver high quality adult training courses and qualifications. Tally was a Forest School Leader and Teacher in Early Years and Primary education for ten years before making the change to adult learning. Also a part-time silversmith, sea glass addict and coast path runner she brings her passion for the outdoors and developing creativity to her role with us.
Neil is a qualified Forest School leader and has completed a foundation in outdoor education. Neil is a fully qualified joker. He uses his humour and imagination, through storytelling, poetry, playing games, craft and nature connection activities. Neil brings his humour and passion, for learning in the woods to the Outdoors group and has been co-leading our Forest School leader training since February 2019.
Hannah supports the Adult Provision team with all their administrative needs as well as supporting marketing with copywriting and social media. She’s also a Forest School Leader, running a Home Ed group as well as providing cover on occasion for parties, holiday clubs and toddler clubs. She home educates her three children and loves to run, lift weights, wild swim, write and make amazing food when she gets the chance! Her ambition is to run the entirety of the Southwest Coast Path in one go.
Sam works part time as an Outdoor Training Assistant, supporting sessions run by the Adult Provision Team. He has previously worked in prep schools, where he found his passion for learning and teaching. Alongside his work here, Sam also offers a range of outdoor services, including fencing, chainsaw work, hay making… You get the idea! When not working, he enjoys dog walking, fire pits, rugby, tennis and copious amounts of beer and/or cider!
Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and delivers our Autism Outdoors course. He specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group.
Ali has worked as a primary school teacher, specialising in Outdoor Education, for over 10 years. As a qualified Forest School instructor, he works as part of the Forest School Outreach team and also helps run the LBtC course with the adult training team. In his spare time Ali loves being outdoors, especially when it involves being on his kayak out at sea or walking and wild camping in Dartmoor.
“Bubs” is from a military background and has moved into education upon his retirement. He has been responsible for several successful educational programmes and has a real passion for teaching and learning. He currently delivers TLP, Adult provision (First Aid) and Schools outreach. His spare time is taken up with introducing his grandchildren to the great outdoors.
Melinda manages the Schools Outreach for The Outdoors Group. She organises for Forest school sessions to happen within mainstream school settings, and day trips to our woodlands for those schools who want a little taster of Forest School fun. She used to work at Heatree Activity Centre before having her own kids and joined TOG to help see the Tree Tots toddler clubs begin! She loves to sew and to bike ride, and can often be found sneaking off to the fabric shop to find bike printed fabrics for her next creation.
Rowan is a 1:1 behavioural support worker who specialises in working with learners who are Deaf, BSL users and learners who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges and Special Education Needs (SEN).
She has a degree in Deaf Studies, is in the final stages of qualifying as an Integrative Counsellor and has 8 years experience in youth work; 2 of which have been with The Outdoors Group.
She enjoys illustration and collage, baking, body-boarding, BMXing, whittling little wooden animals and sea swimming (all year round!).