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What does Forest School and a guinea pig have in common?

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What does Forest School and a guinea pig have in common?


A guinea pig does not originate from anywhere called Guinea (nor is it related to old currency) and it is not a pig!

Forest School qualifications do not need a forest, nor do they need to be delivered in a school. Names and titles can be deceiving.

You do not need a forest to deliver our suite of qualifications, as long as you have access to some outdoor space, even if it is small, you can deliver Forest School to your learners.

Our suite of Forest School qualifications provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for learners to take part in Forest School activities and includes:

Qualifications include:

These qualifications:

  • Provide a comprehensive platform of progression to higher levels of study in this subject area
  • Ensure learners understand the principles and ethos of Forest School learning
  • Enable learners to gain skills to support Forest School leaders and Forest School programmes
  • Develop leadership, practical and teaching skills to become an effective Forest
  • School Leader. The Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Leaders will also prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.
  • Come with free resources.

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Our track record:

"Open College Network has had a great team of people working with us as the Forest School Association and the GB Forest School Trainers Network to create a suite of qualifications that really are a gold standard."

"Open College Network has supported the development of our very successful Forest School training programme and woodlands across Sussex have become places for play and exploration once again!".

Experience a taste of the outdoors with our FREE Forest School Taster Session

If you want to find out more about delivering our Forest School qualifications in your Centre, then join us for a free taster event on Wednesday 15th June 2022.

The event is hosted and delivered by our recognised and approved centre, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and will introduce you to the benefits of becoming a Forest School Leader for your educational establishment.

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Outdoor Curriculum Co-ordination

Our Level 3 Award in Outdoor Curriculum Co-ordination qualification has been designed to enable individuals to gain skills and knowledge to support the delivery of the National Curriculum through outdoor play and activities.

This qualification, supports:

  • Educational organisations
  • Home educators
  • Ranger services
  • Others who offer outdoor learning and increased opportunities for the delivery of outdoor learning linked to National Curriculum subjects.

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Delivering these qualifications in your Centre


For more information regarding any of these qualifications, please get in touch by either:

Already one of our approved accredited centres?

Creating a new course to add to your portfolio is a straight-forward process, your Business Development Manager will be very happy to help you, please get in touch - see contact details above.

Thinking of becoming one of our centres?

This is also a straight-forward supported process! You can find out more about us by:

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