Forest School Training with Green Light Trust

What is Forest School?

Young people today face significant challenges that may be daunting and it is vital that they acquire the necessary life skills to meet those challenges head-on, with resilience and self-confidence.  A wide-ranging education is essential for us to survive but in order for our young ones to truly thrive in today’s world they will also need to be resourceful, self-aware, creative and able to collaborate with others.

Learning through unstructured play outdoors was a natural part of childhood in the past but our current lifestyle has meant that many of our children spend less and less time outdoors.  Based on a highly successful Scandinavian education model,  Forest School is a way of enabling young people to have the opportunity to spend time in the natural environment to learn through practical involvement and free play.

Children who struggle in the classroom often have a very different experience when given the space and time that a Forest School session offers.  It can enhance and support mainstream education by focussing on the emotional, social and behavioural development of pupils.  Sessions are tailored for young people of all ages and abilities.  Pupils take part in child-centred and child-led activities where they also learn some practical skills that they may not get a chance to otherwise. Forest School leaders are trained to give supportive guidance to children and young people on how to use outdoor tools safely and to develop their understanding and love of the natural world.

Forest School sessions also support young people to improve their physical fitness and their overall health and well-being.  There is a great deal of fun and laughter in a Forest School session and a lot of natural free play - balancing on logs, climbing trees (with supervision, of course!) building dens or looking for bugs and evidence of other animals.  Crucially, they develop their awareness of the environment and the importance of assessing hazards and risks - they learn to consider what might be a reasonable risk and to experience the consequences of their choices.  We learn best from our mistakes and Forest School provides opportunities to do just that and to celebrate achievements too! 

There is now a wide range of published data and evidence that children who take part in Forest School sessions develop better writing and speaking skills than those who are only classroom based; are able to concentrate longer on what they are doing; have improved social and personal skills, better physical health and work collaboratively within a team.

Forest School Training

Green Light Trust have been delivering quality Forest School training since 2005, and are highly respected across East Anglia.

We offer qualifications to assist at Forest School: the Level 2 Assistant course and to lead your own groups: the Level 3 Leader course.

If you are already Level 2 qualified, then we also offer the Level 2 -3 top-up course.

Our courses are for Teachers, Nursery Nurses, Learning Support Assistants, Playworkers and outdoor education professionals interested in teaching in Forest School, or using Forest School techniques at work.

All our courses are accredited by Open College Network West Midlands and Green Light Trust is an OCN recognised centre.

We recently had some fantastic news! Mell Harrison, our Forest School Manager, has just been awarded the Forest School Registered Trainer status by the 'Forest School Association' at the beginning of 2019!


Some of the great feedback from our Level 3 course in October 2017:


🌳Inspiring Teachers.
🌳Made me think more deeply.
🌳Your enthusiasm, experience and love of the forest, and its place in Education.
🌳Fantastic week –loved the originality and spontaneity of each day. Even the more trodden paths like Maslow were given new life with the tins.
🌳Your extensive knowledge.
🌳The open ended ideas, being inspired, now I look at the woods not just as trees.
🌳Passionate tutors – time to reflect.
🌳Time to reflect – reflect on teaching, life and friendships and connections with natural world.
🌳Inspirational, magical and therapeutic. Learnt so much without noticing.
🌳There’s always time for walking in the grass barefoot.
🌳Loved the whole process – so inspirational.
🌳The passion you guys have shared with us. Thank you – I am inspired!
🌳Fully engaging the group and pulling us all together – quickly helping us to bond and grow.
🌳Sense of humour.


“Thank you – I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel it has awakened my sense of wonder for our planet. The new Green Light trust tutors have a perfect attitude towards teaching new Forest School leaders; they are supportive and knowledgeable without lecturing, and I know the future of FS in Suffolk is safe in their hands”

Stella - 2017 Student Level 3



We don't just offer Forest School training!

We also provide qualifications, off the shelf or bespoke programmes for all school staff.

We can run CPD's and Inset days, as well as offering mentoring & support for schools and your Forest School staff or site.  

We also run Outdoor First Aid courses for when you need to re-new your qualification after 3 years - look out for weekend dates in the year.

Please see the CPD section of the website for more details on days run at The Foundry & our SSSI ancient woodland Frithy Wood in Lawshall.


For further details:  or call 01284 830829



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