Outdoor Learning Courses for Teachers

Children learn, develop and thrive in different ways and in different environments.

At The Outdoor Teacher, we believe in the power of the natural environment to help pupils embrace learning with greater motivation, focus and happiness.

Are you an educator looking for help in teaching the curriculum in an outdoor setting?

Do you want a whole school approach to Outdoor Learning?

Are you interested in Outdoor Learning but finding it hard to learn from a book?

Watch the video to see how our Forest School Activities Online Training can give you the skills to take your teaching outdoors.

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Apply Forest School and Outdoor Learning skills to your whole school

We know you see the value of nature-based learning. In particular, its mental health and well-being benefits.   What’s more, we all want to inspire curiosity and lead a group of happy and motivated pupils. 

Teachers worry about lack of space, making time in the curriculum, staffing problems and how to manage energetic children.  This training helps you gain the confidence and competence to bring outdoor learning into everyday school life. It's a natural fit to current educational thinking and learning.

Learn how can your school benefit from our Forest School Activities Training

Teaching Outside The Classroom

We understand that the stress, time pressures and compliance requirements placed on educators can make it difficult to bring unfamiliar teaching methods into your practice.

That’s why we’ve built a comprehensive set of teaching resources, training videos and assessment templates, aligned with the national curriculum and delivered by experienced outdoor practitioners. 

Design innovative, structured lesson plans around core subjects like Maths, English and Science with confidence in their proven effect on attainment.

Case Study:

Read our case study on 'Teaching Outside the Classroom'

Testimonials for our Forest School Activities Online Training

Marina shows you how it's done and also encourages you to find your own way.

The module activities are adaptable to meet the different needs of different people with the focus on having fun, being together, building skills and keeping safe. Marina shows you how it's done and also encourages you to find your own way. To learn how to "be" with nature is a wonderful thing. The cooking module is fantastic. Practical, adaptable, fun and safe. It also leaves you feeling very hungry!

Paul StanfordPaediatric Occupational Therapist

I can't wait to head outside and try some Nettle Pakoras

WOW! All of the films provided clear step by step instructions to ensure that practitioners feel confident with the stages of making with consideration given to health and safety, allergies and medical awareness, plant ID and how to adapt using different resources. I loved this module and can't wait to head outside and try some Nettle Pakoras. This has really given me 'food for thought' and made me feel so excited about the different ways to involve children with every element from gathering, plant identification, preparing, cooking and then considering how to show gratitude and give back to nature. Thank you Marina - another wonderful module.

Louise HackEducational Consultant and Director of Whoosh Learning

It is brilliant and anyone can do it!

These nature awareness games give children of all ages an opportunity to tune into their senses. In the classroom we can spend time and money on creating sensory work; in the outdoors, with Marina's guidance, nature does a lot of the work for us. Marina's course teaches us games which we can use with children of all ages. It is brilliant and anyone can do it!

Jennie CaseyForest School Practitioner and Trainee Play Therapist

Take a look at some of the activities you’ll learn

Using Knives

In this lesson you will learn how to use secateurs and knives for some simple whittling. We will take another look at the ratios you may need to think about when using knives and other tools with children as well as revisiting some typical woods for whittling. We will also show you some clips from our ‘knife protocol’.

Fox Walking Game

Many of the games we enjoy enable a group to develop their natural senses and begin to increase their self and nature awareness. Fox walking, a way of walking that derives from watching and learning from predators like the fox, provides a skill to walk slowly and quietly through the woods.

How to make a Wooden Mallet

This activity teaches many useful skills from using the saw to knife work. It can be done with all ages, as long as we apply the different methods of using tools from the other videos.

The Forest School Activities Training

Our foundation training course comes with lifetime access to over 100 step by step inspirational videos and resources.
Designed for teachers and practitioners. Single modules are £47 +vat or save £100 when you buy the 8 module bundle

Do I need a Forest School Level 3 Certificate if I am a qualified teacher?

The Forest School approach is a non-directive, child-led play based approach, that includes Forest School activities, chosen by the children. To run a forest school programme, whilst you are not legally obliged to gain a Forest School Level 3 Qualification, we highly recommend the training [more details here], that follows the 6 Forest School principles. 

As an endorsed Trainer with the Forest School Association, or a registered provider, you need to have a FS Qualification.

However, if you are running the individual activities by themselves or integrating forest school/nature type activities into your own programme you don't need to gain the qualification. Firstly, the decision is often a question of confidence. 

Secondly, you need to consider the health and safety aspects, the long term care of your 'nature space', and be adequately insured for what you offer your groups. 

Our online training offers excellent quality and in depth practical tutorials that train you to a high standard, advocating a child-led approach and addressing risk benefit assessment.  

Our aim is to equip you with all the 'tools' to empower you to take your learning and practice into the outdoors.  

Outdoor Learning Myths

What is Outdoor Learning?

Read our Outdoor Learning Myth Busting blog post to learn what you can offer as a teacher.

Written in association with The South Downs National Park.

The 6 Forest School Principles 

Principle 1:

Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

Principle 2:

Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Principle 3:

Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

Principle 4:

Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Principle 5:

Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Principle 6:

Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

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