Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start?
If you are paying in 8 monthly instalments, you will get access to 1 new module each month starting with 'Module 1: Early Summer' on 22nd June. You will also get access from 22nd June to all the extra bonus content.
If you are paying in full, you will get access to the 1st 6 modules on 22nd June.
The remaining 2 modules (Early Winter and Late Winter) will be released on 26th September.
You will also get access from 22nd June to all the extra bonus content.
Early and late Winter: 26th September
You will be emailed as each season becomes available
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course! Unlimited access to the lessons and videos for as long as you like, across all your devices.
Is my tutor qualified?
Yes, Marina Robb is a UK Forest School Association Endorsed Trainer and has been training Forest School Leaders since 2011. She has been working with groups in nature since 1995 and you can read more here.
Our organisation can’t pay using a credit or debit card – can we still buy the course?
Yes, we understand that many schools and other organisations can’t pay by card – contact us and we can send you an invoice to pay us by bank transfer in UK Sterling, Euros or Dollars. We can also accept cheques from UK bank accounts.
Can I access the course on my mobile?
Yes, the course can be accessed on all devices. If you have an iPhone, you can also download the free ‘Teachable’ app from the Apple Store and complete the course using the app, downloading any videos you like onto your device.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If for some reason you are not happy with the course, contact us in writing within your first 30 days for a full refund. You will need to include an explanation of why you want the refund.
Does this course qualify me to run Forest School sessions?
This course is not a qualification but is Certified by The Outdoor Teacher and based on Marina's experience and expertise in this field.
All practitioners in the UK need to follow health and safety law, which requires us to provide risk assessments and be competent to deliver activities. Teachers for example are already qualified already to take their practice outdoors but are likely to need a course like ours to get the practical skills in place.
The Level 3 Forest School training and Forest School programmes (long term) are an educational approach and the training is excellent. If you intend to offer long-term forest school programmes, then I would recommend you doing the qualification.
We have a page about Outdoor Learning Myths and a recent webinar where these issues are addressed:
What is the difference between this course and our Forest School Activities Online Training?
Our Forest School Activities Online training offers 8 modules which represent the practical aspects of the Level 3 Training and much more. This new Advanced Certificate goes much deeper into the process and includes 20 masterclass presentations (4 live and 16 pre-recorded) that looks at the topics including the benefits to mental health and how to write risk assessments.
It also comes with 120 practical activity videos and 48 session plan idea sheets to help you create your sessions and the course is suitable for teachers, outdoor practitioners, Forest School leaders and anyone else who takes groups out into nature.
We don't have access to a woodland - can we do these activities in a playground or park?
Yes, you can. Whether you are near a woodland, park or school playground - all the activities can be adapted for different circumstances.
We have run activities using fire, tools, games, wild food, crafts, swings & ropes, shelters in school yards and playgrounds.
It does take more preparation and consideration of equipment. If you wanted to make fires, you would either designate a small green area of the playground for this purpose or use a fire bowl to lift the fire off the ground. We have also taken many groups on short walks throughout the seasons to gather some plants for many activities.
Posts can be put up to replace trees, so that children can still set up various rope bridges or constructions and with a little thinking you can easily set up a rope swing and tarpaulin shelters.
In schools we often ask parents to contribute a log for our wood pile and ask for help to bring in useful materials we may need over the year.
How many hours is the course?
It will take 1 year to complete as we will be releasing each season as we go through the year but it is self-paced so you work in your own time from pre-recorded materials and videos with 4 additional live webinars (1 in each season). We estimate that it will take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the course but you will also need to factor in time to practice the activities on top of this.
Can I share my course with my colleagues?
No - the license is granted for 1 user to view the contents of the course. This access must not be shared with any other person and only the named user will receive the certificate.
See next question for bulk licencing queries.
Can we purchase multiple licenses for our staff team?
Yes, please contact us for bulk purchasing discounts. We can set up the user accounts for you and send you access codes and you can pay by invoice.
My school has agreed to pay for this course. What if it cannot meet your payment deadline?
If your school is buying this course on your behalf and you’re worried that your school’s administrative processes might result in you missing the enrolment deadline, get in touch with us as soon as possible.
We can arrange to send an invoice to your school. As long as you request an invoice within the five day enrolment period, you will be able to enrol.
Do I get a certificate?
Yes, all our courses come with a ‘Certificate of Completion’ from The Outdoor Teacher Ltd.
How can we contact you if we have a question?
Yes feel free to call or email us with any questions - our contact details are on the contact page.
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