All our Forest School training is taking place outside in our ancient woodland Frithy Wood under the shelter of the canopy.

Qualification for Teachers, Nursery Nurses, Learning Support Assistants, Playworkers, Outdoor Education professionals and those who believe our children and nature need to connect more.

5 day Level 2 Forest School training is designed for anyone who is assisting, or who wishes to assist at Forest School.

Course dates:

Monday 16th - Friday 20th October 2023

Who are the qualifications accredited by?

All our courses are accredited by AIM formally Open College Network West Midlands and Green Light Trust is a recognised centre.

How long will it take me?

  • 5 days of tutor time
  • Home study

 60 hours of study - equivalent to a GCSE level of work

Entry requirements

Minimum age of 18

Breakdown of training programme and assessment process

This course comprises five days of training led by experienced Forest School tutors and Practitioners. In addition there is approximately 28 hours of self-guided study over a three month period. Evidence of your learning is assessed through the completion of the Level 2 Forest School workbook.

The workbook comprises 2 units: Unit 1 Practical Skills and Unit 2 Learning & Development

Course delivery process

From the moment our students arrive here we are modelling forest School ethos and possibly one of the most important elements of Forest School; How to hold a space, create a sense of belonging and community and make people feel safe, welcomed and comfortable.  We will be having small group and whole group discussions on topics such as play and holistic development. Outside we will be building dens, playing games, learning lots of practical skills, knots, fire...You will be held in a space where everyone is offered unconditional positive regard. Participants are celebrated for their uniqueness in an atmosphere of community kindness and respect.

You will consider the environment, the flora and fauna, and how we use natural resources to enhance children’s learning. You will describe how teaching outside in the woodland differs from formal education and will record the impact of Forest School experiences on emotional and cognitive development.

Please note that in order to gain an insight into the role of the Forest School Assistant you are required to assist in the planning and delivery of at least 3 Forest School sessions led by a qualified (Level 3) Forest School leader.


Venue : The Foundry, Golden Woods, Frithy Woods

The Foundry Green Light Trust headquarters

The Foundry is a beautiful ecologically built building, warm and welcoming and is our base during training. Tea making facilities and snacks available all day.

Golden Woods was planted with love by volunteers and is an inspiring place just outside The Foundry. We will be spending time there during training.

Frithy Wood is our ‘working’ coppiced hazel ancient woodland where groups are led every day of the week on different programmes. It is a beautiful place, with badger sets, rare butterflies and flowers and is truly magical it is a 10 minute minibus drive away from The Foundry. 


Student support:

  • Contact with tutors: Contact can be made at any point by email via Lindsay in the office [email protected]
  • FAQ’s page on the website
  • Student only login pages on the website for access to coursework, handouts, links etc.

Application process:

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FS L2 Foundry October 2023

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