Our recent Level 1: Introduction to Forest School Principles course held at at Kings Weston House, Bristol has been a great success. Over 2 days, the enthusiastic trainees were able to test the Forest School approach for themselves, whilst learning lots of practical activities and ideas to use with their groups.
We have already received some lovely feedback from the trainees about the course with high praise for our fantastic Training Director, Jon Attwood:
‘Very friendly, helpful trainer. Have lots of new ideas as well as gaining an insight into the administration/rules & regulations regarding Forest Schools. I am currently a parent volunteer and feel I am able to offer more within the Forest Schools sessions now – thank you’
‘I was quite nervous as to what to expect from Forest School but I found John to be a really down to earth guy who made this seem much less scary!….the setting was brilliant, the house was really interesting, but the grounds were really good, had everything we needed e.g flat spaces, different trees, shrubs, flowers, canopied areas etc. I would have liked it to be longer….very sad to be back in school today ‘
‘Jon was very friendly and knowledgeable. His passion about his job came across in his teaching. It was a very hands-on experience which meant we played the games and took part in the activities rather than being in a classroom being told about them.’
‘It was a wonderfully grounding experience and I can’t wait to share some of the activities with both my pupils and my own friends and children. Jon Attwood was a very personable, inspiring, informative and thorough trainer.’
‘Trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable and approachable. I really enjoyed the sessions and have come away very inspired and armed with lots of activities that I can use with my children at school. It was good to have a range of activities – creative, social, games, understanding the world.’
Forest School is a fantastic way to engage groups in woodland activities which support their personal development. The Forest of Avon Trust is committed to this inspirational approach and provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to undertake accredited training to lead their groups.
Those taking part in Forest School Training have included: teaching staff, nursery workers, youth workers, parents and those wanting to developing outdoor businesses.
Some of those doing the Level 1 will go on to do the more demanding Level 3 course to become fully qualified and accredited Forest School Leaders.
For more information about Forest School Training as well as our other Outdoor Learning courses, please see our Training Calendar: http://forestofavontrust.org/training/