FS Training and Other Support

Find out about training and support available for you…

  •  Networks and support

The Forest Schools Association – Here you will find lots of information about Forest School in the UK and current national news and events.

‘The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ’quality Forest School for all‘. We are a self governing, democratic and inclusive membership organisation that works towards supporting and ensuring high standards in Forest School training and practice across the UK, and promoting the benefits of quality Forest School’

If you are considering Forest School Training the page How to Choose a Forest School Trainer and the links from this page will be useful.

Derbyshire Forest Schools – A range of support is available from Derbyshire County Council’s Forest School Leader. Please click on the leaflet link below for more information.

Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service Leaflet 2013

A number of FS training and networking events are held in various locations throughout the year. If you would like to be notified by email when these events occur please email sarah.keogh@derbyshire.gov.uk                                                                                                

The Forest Education Network England  – The Forest Education Network (FEN) is the successor body to the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) in England. Priorities for the FEN will be to bring those with an interest in forest education together; promote the sharing of good practice; improve communication and help raise opportunities for, and standards in delivery. The Network will be developed and run by the partnership of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and Fiona Groves, the Natural Route. The FEN will also work closely with FEI colleagues in Scotland and Wales and also with the new emerging Forest School Association.

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom – The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. Whether you are an education practitioner, headteacher, governor or organisation that provides LOtC experiences, this website offers a large range of resources developed with the support of many experts in the field learning outside the classroom. The site is designed to support anyone working with young people aged 0–19 provide high-quality educational experiences.

    • Forest Schools Training Providers (Also see Forest School Association above)

Wildwood Activities have a base in Derbyshire and run a range of courses and activities including  Forest Schools training.

www.getouttheclassroom.com Get Out of the Classroom wants to give you the starting block for your new adventure. We run Forest School courses throughout the year. Check out our Forest School pages for more information. Love the outdoors but have limited time to take up a qualification? Our short courses are designed especially for you in mind, offering you the chance to get out and have a go at woodland crafts. Please look at our short courses pages for more information.

www.wild-learning.com  connecting adults and children with their local outdoor spaces.With this aim, we offer a wide range of event, activities and training courses all designed to enjoy whilst learning and reconnecting us with our local wild spaces.We offer Forest School Leadership and Assistant training, and a range of day courses which offer the opportunity to learn hands-on skills such as shelter building, using tools with green wood, campfire cooking and many more. We also offer many events for children and “made-to-measure” Wild Birthday parties, all hosted at our local organic farm.

Archimedes Training  offering a range of Forest School practitioner and related training in the Midlands and beyond (including Bush School and Beach School!). Click on the link for lots more information.


  • Other Training Providers

Woodland Survival Crafts offers a comprehensive range of bushcraft survival courses designed to educate, challenge and inspire both young and old.

Green Wood Days set in a beautiful 100 acre wood in the growing National Forest. The centre promotes woodland and greenwood crafts through traditional and contemporary activities.

Bishopswood Centre Worcestershire County Councils Outdoor and Environmental Learning Service offer Forest Schools and variety of related training open to all. Click on the link above for more details.

Free Range Classrooms Click on the link or leaflet for more information Free Range Classrooms Leaflet

Wildworks From building wild and exciting places to play in, to burning willow giants to celebrate the winter, wildworks offers workshops in all aspects of willow sculpture, environmental art, lantern making and Forest School type activities. Wildworkers are qualified teachers, experienced in working with people of all ages and abilities both in the classroom and outdoors.

Potions Club was set up by herbalist Diane Brown and teacher Graham Patient in 2005. It has proved an innovative way of connecting people with traditional herbal lore through practical fun activities. Book a workshop for your school, group, club or party at your venue or on visit Diane at her base within 20 acres of certified organic land in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.

Derbyshire County Council Environmental Studies Service We provide environmental education opportunities for Derbyshire schools through programmes of classwork, fieldwork and training opportunities in a variety of locations and settings across the county.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust deliver a wide range of environmental programmes, linked to the National Curriculum and vocational schemes. We operate from three dedicated centres in the county, go into schools and can work on our nature reserves and other green spaces throughout the county. We also offer INSET training to those looking to develop their ability to effectively deliver the curriculum in their school grounds or local green space.


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