I love forest school, and I love teaching adults, and now I get to teach you how to do it!

Level 3 Training
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I run a small company which is an accredited centre in its own right which means that everything is kept in-house from the development of the course curriculum, to assessments and quality control, meaning that you won't find another course or company like Go Wild. I’m Jackie, the course leader, and I still run my own weekly forest school sessions in a variety of settings. Throughout your course you will be in contact with me and the rest of the team, as well as your fellow trainees and will benefit from online support material as well as a flexible approach to assessment styles and a personal approach to training.

Each year I run my award-winning Level 3 forest school training courses during school holidays. The first part consists of 5 days and covers all the theory and paperwork skills you will need, plus you begin to master your practical skills as well as playing lots of games and taking part in creative activities. The second part is your 'development days' where you will take part in as many practical activities and learn new skills such as birdsong, woodwork, outdoor cooking, woodland crafts as well as learning how to set up a forest school area and working on your portfolio.

I have to tell you that the full name of the qualification is 'AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership' but that's a bit of a mouthful so I tend to shorten it!


My 2018/9 course dates are:

Spring 2019: Part 1: 8th - 12th April. Part 2: 20th - 23rd August

Summer 2019: Part 1: 29th July - 2nd August. Part 2: Easter 2020

Autumn 2019: Part 1: October 28th-Nov 1st. Part 2: Whitsun 2020

All courses cost £900 and are fully accredited by AIM Awards and is the Forest School Association endorsed qualification. To begin the booking process, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 or you can pay in full. Please make sure you've read my Terms & Conditions then click on the button below, choose the course and amount you want to pay and then add to you cart. If you wish to pay in installments, that's fine, just drop me an email so we can chat further. All fees must be paid before the start of your course.

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If you would prefer an invoice then please click on 'send me an invoice' and I will send you one.

If you are at all concerned about returning to study, having to do a lot of writing, have any additional needs or physical considerations that you would like to discuss then please get in touch and start a conversation with me. I have many ways that you can submit work and embrace technology wherever I can. I am happy to tailor the course to suit individual needs. If you'd like to read my Equality & Diversity policy, it is available here.


Your level 3 forest school training:

Tintern is just 40 minutes' drive from Bristol and we will have access to the beautiful gardens, fields and woodlands of the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden, NP16 7NX.

On this course you will learn everything from woodland management, site maintenance and risk assessments, to the safe use of tools, species identification and how to put the forest school ethos into practice. I'll even teach you practical skills such as firelighting, campfire cooking and knifework.

The course includes a total of 9 days of tuition and assessment, plus an onsite observation, ongoing tutorial support and will help you to develop a written portfolio of your forest school work.

The cost of the course is £900. If you would like to talk to me about payment plans then please get in touch.

I am fully committed to making my courses accesible to as many people as possible. If you like reading policies you can read more here, otherwise just drop me an email with any queries you have and I will do my absolute best to accommodate you.

You will need to obtain an outdoor first aid qualification before you can obtain your qualification. This is NOT included in the cost of the course. I am happy to advise about the first aid qualification so please email me.


Bespoke Level 1 and Level 3 forest school Training, INSET and twilight sessions

If you have five people or more who want either level 1 or 3 forest school training, INSET or twilight session, then I can create a bespoke course for you at a time that suits you. Please email hello@gowildeducation.co.uk with your requirements.

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Accommodation in the area:

Although Tintern is just 40 minutes' drive from Bristol, it's a great opportunity to stay in the beautiful Wye Valley. There are opportunities for camping at nearby Beeches Farm. Or, if you’d like to stay with one of my firends, there’s glamping in Belle tents or cabins, most of which are on the same site as the Sculpture Garden and Kingstone Brewery. There is also dormitory accommodation available at Camp Hillcrest, and various places on AirBnB, we recommend Copper Beech Cabin (at the Sculpture Garden), Birch Cottage and Hill Farm.

Please note: Part of the training includes an observation of you teaching a session. For visits to groups within a 20 miles of Bristol or the Forest of Dean, there is no charge for mileage. If greater than 20 miles, there is a charge of 70p per mile. Other arrangements can be made if you live a long way away. This is a very, VERY small part of the course and shouldn't discourage you from signing up.

Get in touch to find out more, or if you have any questions.

Courses are delivered by Go Wild Education Ltd. and we do not charge VAT.

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Level 3 Forest school Course content includes:

  • Learning the ethos of forest school and what this looks like in practice

  • An introduction to the woodland environment and how to care for it

  • Flora and fauna identification skills

  • All you need to know about the health and safety element of running Forest School, including risk assessments and safe use of tools and fire

  • An overview of learning theories relevant to Forest School and how to put these into practice

  • Ideas of activities and crafts that you can use in your sessions

  • Plenty of opportunity to practice skills and ask questions

  • Access to our Go Wild Level 3 support group on Facebook

  • Ongoing individual support whilst writing your portfolio plus lots more!

To begin the booking process, please choose one of the button above and pay your £150 deposit to secure your place. If you would prefer an invoice then please click the button below.

If you'd like more infomation, please email hello@gowildeducation.co.uk

To see what my trainees get up to once they are qualified, have a look at my Directory and scroll through the testimonials below.