Level 2 Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning
In response to further covid restrictions we have, for now, made our Outdoor Learning training available as an online course. We will run face to face courses whenever we can but if you want to make a start now, we have made it possible.
About Level 2 training
We know the positive impact Forest School and Outdoor Learning have on mental health and well-being. Now more than ever, we need to support our children’s mental health and give them every opportunity to succeed in their learning. Our nationally accredited Level 2 Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning course trains you to deliver the curriculum through planned activities using natural resources in an outdoor environment. We tailor the course to your setting and groups. This means, we help you map an outdoor curriculum for your students and build a bank of appropriate activities. In short, we will give you the skills to be a confident practitioner who can spark joy and creativity whilst still meeting the curriculums learning objectives.
Online Level 2 Outdoor Learning training
Our Level 2 Outdoor Learning course is now available online. This enables you to start your training right now. As a result, your setting can get straight into Outdoor Learning when you welcome your children back to school.
This training course involves online learning combined with outdoor based practical challenges to do at home. You are supported by your tutor through guided online tutorials. This means you can work at your own pace, at a time convenient for you and gain the skills to lead Outdoor Learning sessions at your setting. The course material is exactly the same as the face to face course and results in the same accredited qualification.
You will have access to the online materials for 60 days from when you enroll. Following this, you work through the sequence of units at home. Most trainees should expect to allow an average of 20 hours online (including three mandatory online group tutorials). You will need access to an outdoor area and a group to work with to complete some elements of the course
Face to Face Level 2 Outdoor Learning training
If you prefer to attend face to face, we have training dates set for later in the year. We hope to run these courses and be back in the woods before too much longer. As such, we will continue to review and update our risk assessments according to government safety guidelines for covid. This includes working outdoors as much as possible, adapting how we teach, allowing space for social distancing and providing individual resource packs to minimise touch points.
Level 2 Curriculum Based Learning comprises of 2 units of work
Outdoor Learning Practitioner – mapping outdoor learning activities and developing your Outdoor area. Also, planning and leading sessions. In addition, we focus on how to manage risk when working outside.
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources – Studying the natural environment then planning how to use your natural environment for Outdoor Learning. In addition, using your site in a sustainable way and looking at the impact of using natural resources on the environment. We learn about how to use flora and fauna in your work as well as teaching you about different flora and fauna.
You must be 16 or over and either hold a Level 1 Forest School/Outdoor Learning qualification or at least 1 GCSE. You will need to complete a workbook including leading 2 Outdoor Learning sessions with a group.
In addition, have an established link with an education setting. For this reason, you must hold a current enhanced DBS check or equivalent for the country you work in. Also, some experience of working with groups outdoors. Given that you might be working alone, you must also hold a suitable first aid qualification.