Level 1: Forest School Ethos and Principles (2 Days)

Level 1: Forest School Ethos and Principles (2 Days)

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9.30am – 4.30pm


Cathedral Primary School Forest School,
Bristol Choir Playing Fields,
Beggar Bush Lane,
Nr. Bristol,
BS8 3TG.


Course Description

This is an introductory 2-day course (held on 23.09 & 30.10) to explore the Forest School approach and lots of activities you can use straight away with groups.

This course is designed to give an insight into Forest School principals and an understanding of its benefits. Over the 2 planned sessions you will explore and experience a range of activities and games which you can use with your groups straight away to develop your own outdoor setting.

These skills will help you to engage with the outdoor environment and use it as a tool to facilitate learning.

This course is suitable for anyone that is currently working with groups and wants to develop outdoor nature based activities. It is also suitable for anyone that wants to explore the experience of Forest School and is interested in developing this as a new practice. No prior experience required.

Course Requirements

The Level 1 course requires:

  • 2 days taught time on the course
  • Preparation of a simple portfolio demonstrating your knowledge of Forest School principles and the observations you have made
  • Arranging to observe a Forest School session (you may need to be DBS checked for this).


Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles, accredited through AIM awards - they offer the most up to date best practice version of Forest School training as agreed by the national guiding body - the Forest School Association.

With Level 3 this course qualifies you as an accredited Forest School Leader.


Course Tutor

  • Jon Attwood

    Jon Attwood

    Forest School Level 1 Trainer

    Jon has worked for/ with the Forest of Avon Trust since 2010 running Forest School training and wellbeing activities. He now combines running his own business with delivering our Level 1 Forest School training and school activities. Previously, Jon lead a range of conservation groups in the Bristol area.