Forest Schools

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Birmingham Forest OAKS is a voluntary organisation (originally formed in 2004 as the Birmingham FEI) which gathers together groups and individuals involved in Outdoor Learning in Birmingham. The group seeks to promote the educational use of woodlands and Forest School nationally.

The Birmingham Forest OAKS Group's main aim is "to extend and enhance opportunities for children to develop their social, emotional and life skills, and grow in self confidence through the establishment of Forest School Programmes". The group's ambition is for every child in the City to have an entitlement to participate in Forest School.

We also aim to support our Birmingham Members where ever possible. As part of this vision, we intend to provide a range of training to support outdoor practitioners and educators in our area. Where ever possible we will attempt to subsidise this training in order to make it affordable.  If you would like to become a member and be informed about training opportunities, please contact us.

Next Skill Share:
Saturday 4th October 2014
Martineau Gardens
27 Priory Rd, Birmingham B5 7UG
Booking Fee £10 – Fee to cover a nice bit of lunch.

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Urgent Job Vacancy
TITLE: Level 3 Forest School Practitioner

LOCATION: North Birmingham, England

TYPE: Maternity Cover; Mid October 2014 – Mid August 2015

STATUS: 20 hours a week (afternoons only) / £17,000 per annum (pro rata)

COMPANY: Community Environmental Trust, 1 Whittle Croft, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 6DN

CONTACT: Alicia Grande, 0121 747 3579 or alicia@environmentaltrust.org.uk

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Community Environmental Trust (CET) is looking for a qualified Level 3

Forest School practitioner with previous practical experience to plan and deliver a Forest School

programme to primary aged children, some with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The successful

candidate must be a self-motivated person who has a love for working in the outdoors and is

capable of inspiring and motivating children and teachers towards promoting and using the outdoor

environment as a positive and innovative learning tool. Appropriate pre-employment checks will be

undertaken and the position is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


1. To plan and deliver Forest School sessions (approx. 2 hours) to primary aged children from

local schools at a managed site and/or within the school grounds.

2. To develop and maintain good relationships with the children, teaching staff, parents/carers

and other organisations/partners the CET liaises with.

3. To ensure that the Forest School site is managed in accordance to the CET’s and Birmingham

City Council guidelines.

4. To identify and maintain equipment and resources for the sessions.

5. To support the development of additional projects such as holiday play-schemes.



1. Level 3 Forest School qualification, included Outdoor First Aid Certificate.

2. Have knowledge, understanding and experience of the practicality of running a day to day

Forest School programme, implementing the Forest School ethos and relevant legislation,

policies and procedures.

3. Have effective communication skills, both written and orally and be able to apply them

across a broad spectrum of people and situations.

4. Ensure equality and diversity throughout all of the sessions you plan and deliver, and how

you present yourself towards colleagues, children, teaching staff and other organisations/

partners the CET liaises with.

5. Application of risk assessment and health and safety procedures.

6. Competent to introduce relevant skills, knowledge and resources based on the children’s

interests and needs.

7. Need to demonstrate effective time and resource management whilst retaining flexibility to

reflect the unpredictability of the work e.g. weather.


1. Current Enhanced DBS certificate.

2. Holds a full driving license with the addition of a minibus license.

Should you require any further information regarding the role, please contact Alicia Grande, Project

Manager at Alicia@environmentaltrust.org.uk or 0121 747 3579

To apply for this position please email Alicia at alicia@environmentaltrust.org.uk with your

current CV, a covering letter and a 500 words statement explaining why you believe you should be

considered for the Forest School Practitioner position.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 9th

Interviews: Thursday 16th

Starting date: Monday 27th

October (Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted)