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Level 3 Outdoor Learning Coordinator

Message about Covid

We know the positive impact Forest School and Outdoor Learning have on mental health and well-being so have made it our priority to organise new training course dates. To ensure  we meet current government safety guidelines for education, we have worked hard and put  measures in place so we can safely resume our training courses such as working outdoors as much as possible, keeping course numbers low, adapting how we teach, allowing space for social distancing and providing individual resource packs.

About Level 3 training

Outdoor learning has been shown to improve both learning outcomes for children and job satisfaction for teachers. In order to help schools adopt this method of teaching we are offering this Outdoor Learning Coordinator course. This nationally accredited course is for teachers and head teachers who wish to establish Outdoor Learning as a whole school approach. In summary, it looks at the management and coordination of all types of Outdoor Learning.

  First, we explore the context behind Outdoor Learning. Then you will learn to plan an all year round programme of outdoor learning. Next we focus one developing policies, procedures and guidance for your team. Finally and  perhaps, most importantly of all we give you the tools to enthuse others to take learning outside the classroom and embed this as whole school strategy.

You will need to have completed your Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner or similar Level 2 qualification. Alternatively, a Level 3 Forest School certificate before you can do this course. Alternatively you could do our combined level 2 and 3 course.

Level 3 Outdoor Learning Coordinator 

Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator

We will focus on planning an annual programme of Outdoor Learning so as to teach it across the school. For this reason, you will develop policies, procedures and risk assessments that support your work. We look at how learning in the natural environment can contribute to attainment, health and well-being and therefore maximise the benefits you will bring to your school.

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in a Natural Environment

In addition, building on the Level 2 course, this unit will further your understanding of learning, play and development in the natural environment and similarly look at education theories and holistic learning. Also, developing self confidence and self esteem. This includes identifying strategies to encourage positive behavior when learning outdoors

Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources 

Again, this unit builds on the Level 2 course. You will deepen your understanding of eco-systems specifically studying the natural environment and how it will support Outdoor Learning.  We look at the history of woodlands and sustainability in order to manage your site effectively.

Autumn 2020

2 day  Level 3 Outdoor Learning Coordinator course (for those who’ve completed their level 2 practitioner course)

14th -15th November 2020

2 full days 9am – 4.30pm


Spring 2020

2 day  Level 3 Outdoor Learning Coordinator course (for those who’ve completed their level 2 practitioner course)

20th -21st March 2020

2 full days 9am – 4.30pm


Joining requirements

To join the course you must be 18 years or over and have a Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc. You should have an established link with a setting in order to run your sessions and at least two years experience with client groups. We recommend holding a valid First Aid certificate appropriate to your setting with added outdoor elements. Also and enhanced DBS certificate.