Feedback from courses

Level 3 Forest School training feedbackThe Forest of Avon Trust has delivered accredited Forest School training courses since 2010. Our training courses have been approved by the national Forest School Trainers Network.

We run a two day Level 1 Training course, an introduction to the Forest School approach and a chance to learn activities that you can use straight away. We also run an eight day Level 3 Forest School Leaders course. This qualification enables you to develop and run your own Forest School programme.

Our staff are committed to providing high quality and personalised training with a supportive group-based approach which is fun and engaging. We also offer on-going networking and support to ensure the successful development and running of your own Forest School and outdoor learning programmes. For more information on this visit our Networks & Support page.

Feedback from our Forest School training courses

“The course was great. Jon was a fantastic trainer and very kind and calm. I really enjoyed spending time in an outdoor environment and learning useful skills that I can apply. Thank you for a great couple of days.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, July 2017

 The trainer was great, showed us some fab activities in which I will be doing with the children in my school. He was very experienced and I felt confident he knew what he was teaching us. The two day course was amazing ,I would highly recommend it to others. Being back to nature had an amazing effect on myself making me feel so chilled after the two days ,well done guys for making this possible.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, July 2017

 I thought the whole 2 days was well structured and well thought out. Though the weather was against us we still managed a lot of outdoor activities. Theory work was not too heavily based and lots of participation to keep the mind engaged. All students were made to feel welcome and at ease.The venue for the course was stunning. Lots of different woodland areas to choose from. The course was very relaxed but at the same time we learnt a lot and got to do lots of hands on activities. The trainer was very friendly and knowledgeable.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, July 2017

“The course was one of the most informative I have been on and allowed me to network with others from alternative provisions. The course was very flexible and adapted to everyone’s specific backgrounds.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, July 2017

“I thought the course was well delivered in an excellent environment supportive of learning.”

Outdoor First Aid Trainee, July 2017

 ”I thought the course was excellent. The trainer was extremely knowledgeable and delivered the material in a very straightforward, jargon-free way which was easy to follow and really built your confidence. I very much enjoyed the two days (even if I am a bit squeamish).”

Outdoor First Aid Trainee, July 2017

 “Excellent and knowledgeable trainer…managed to convey a huge amount of information in two days. The balance of activities and information allowed you to gain confidence over time and the practical session really helped to reinforce the learning…  Many thanks.”

Outdoor First Aid Trainee, July 2017

First rate training, very enjoyable, very relevant.  I’d recommend this with confidence.

Outdoor First Aid Trainee, July 2017

“The trainer was very knowledgeable & adapted activities to suit the needs of the group.”

Outdoor First Aid Trainee, Feb 2017

“I thought the whole 2 days was well structured & well thought out. Theory work was not too heavily based & lots of participation to keep the mind engaged. All students were made to feel welcome & at ease.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, Feb 2017

“Enjoyable. Inspiring. Informative. Relaxed. Lovely venue. Everything we required was accessible. Trainer knew her subject very well & passed on her knowledge clearly. Loved the ‘learning by doing’ aspect.

Level 3 Forest School Trainee, Oct 2016

“Overall it was a very enriching & fascinating week.” 

Level 3 Forest School Trainee, Oct 2016

“I really enjoyed the applied practical element of the course – this made it so much better than other First Aid courses I have attended.”

ITC Outdoor First Aid Trainee, Oct 2016

 “It has been my First Aid course, so I found it truly interesting and helpful. The trainers were both knowledgeable & very kind, taking the time to ask us our impressions & feedback. The course was very well scheduled, altering outdoor and indoor sessions, & I particularly appreciated that we did a lot of practice. The First Aid Manual they gave us, is a great tool to keep & to study on.” 

ITC Outdoor First Aid Trainee, Oct 2016

“The venue was ideal – beautiful grounds & perfect location for Forest School training. The trainer – Jon, was excellent. He was patient, encouraging, knowledgeable and supportive. I fully enjoyed the course & would like to take it further….”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, Oct 2016

“Had a fantastic two days. Clarified my thinking about what a Forest School is, the history & the ethos. Gave lots of ideas for activities in the forest, some new to me, some I’d seen before, but useful refresher. The course increased my confidence, made me realise what I knew already to some extent. I know it’s hard to cover all bases on a two day course but Jon built in lots of time to chat, exchange ideas, build relationships, he was friendly, approachable, adaptable, really good leader, thank you!”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, Oct 2016

“Thank you so much for such an awesome 2 weeks, I truly cannot wait to get going with the next stage of my Forest School journey. The course was everything I wanted & more. It’s one thing delivering a course to people attending because they need new skills and knowledge, it’s another delivering to those attending because they have a desire for it to be the start of something big & new, to change their path in life – & I know I speak for everyone when I say your approach, style & just general loveliness meant we are all on a solid track to doing just that!!!”

Level 3 Forest School Leader Trainee, July – Aug 2016  

“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 & feel I am able to offer more within the Forest Schools sessions now – thank you.”

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, March 2016

“It was a wonderfully grounding experience & I can’t wait to share some of the activities with both my pupils & my own friends and children.

Level 1 Forest School Trainee, March 2016

  • Trainer was excellent, very knowledgeable & approachable. I really enjoyed the sessions & 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.’ March 2016.

  • I enjoyed….meeting new people, being outdoors, learning new games that I can use easily & quickly implement, making the fire & yelling like a cave girl! – Level 1 training attendee, July 2015.    
  • Great practical ideas for games & activities that I can take back to school & start to work on immediately. Very relaxed, calming environment. Many thanks. It has been a most enjoyable 2 days!” -Primary Teacher comment following Level 1 training, March 2015.
  • I have heard a lot about the Forest School Leaders Training & waited a long time to do it & it has lived up to my expectations – I really enjoyed it.’ – Anna, outdoor leader at St Werburghs City Farm.
  • ‘I could see myself using many of the skills taught with my age of children or adapting them to suit.’ – Tamsin, primary school teacher, 2012.
  • ‘Incredibly relevant & useful to primary school children. Really good to get hands-on experience with many things outdoors. Really got a feel for it would now feel confident using these ideas with the children.’ – Jo, primary school teacher, 2012.    
  • ‘I really enjoyed the balance between theory & practical so that I didn’t feel overloaded at any point because there were changes of pace & activity & reflection’ – Loulou, after school club co-ordinator, 2012.
  • ‘The group learning experience was brilliant. I learned lots from other group members. There was a very supportive atmosphere.’ - Jenny 2012.
  • ‘I enjoyed new approaches to increasing sensory awareness & nature appreciation. Nice fresh experiential approach.’ - Lisa, 2012
  • It’s amazing how a little community has sprung up over the past two days of training out in the woods. – attendee on a Level 1 training course.

Feedback from Inset day training

  • ‘I really enjoyed the day – it was a good balance of practical and theory. Great to do things as a team.’ – teacher from Charborough Road Primary School
  • ‘The day was extremely relevant. Wonderful ideas to use with my year 6′s. I will use all of the activities with my class – we need to be out there more often!’ - teacher from Charborough Road Primary School

 

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