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Outdoor Learning Training

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As members of the Cambium Network we are able to offer nationally recognised, accredited training as well as our own bespoke courses.

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Level 2     Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Each course runs over 2.5 days and is designed to equip you to take groups for outdoor learning in the grounds of your setting for further afield.

The course covers:

  • Outdoor Play, Loose Parts and Natural Resources
  • Creative Literacy, Muddy Maths and curriculum links
  • Keeping safe: risk assessments and risky play
  • Developing your outdoor space
  • Building confidence in Outdoor Learning

All participants will receive access to a wide range of online course materials as well as email support while you are completing your portfolio.  


Level 3      Co-ordinating an Outdoor Curriculum

A three day course designed for those who would like to embed Outdoor Learning in their organisation and make this approach accessible to all.

The course covers:

  • Why do we do it? Look at the research behind Outdoor Learning
  • What do you do which is good? How to recognise your strengths and assets
  • Best practice for making outdoor learning a whole school strategy
  • Site planning and sustainable management of your own ground
  • A four season curriculum - planning a year round approach to Outdoor Learning
  • A wide range of practical activities to take away and use with your groups

Entry Qualifications Required:

  • Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner Qualification
  • At least two years experience in education, childcare, youthwork or as an Outdoor Learning Professional.

All participants will receive access to a wide range of online course materials as well as email support while you are completing your portfolio.  On successful completion of your portfolio, participants are awarded a Level 3 qualification accredited by Agored Cymru.

 Course Dates 

Location Date Details  
Stafford 3rd - 4th June, 17th September

Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner 


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Leeds   23rd - 24th September, 5th November

Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner 


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Derby 18th - 19th October, 3rd December

Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner 


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Derby  18th - 22nd October, 3rd December  

Level 3 Co-ordinating an Outdoor Curriculum


Direct entrants who do not hold the Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner qualification.



Trainees who hold the Level 2 OLP or Level 3 Forest School qualifications with Agored Cymru.

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Meet the trainer

Becky is a qualified teacher and forest school leader with experience of senior leadership, teacher training and as a teaching and learning advisor.

 She says: “I love having the opportunity to work with children in the forest and see the benefits that it brings to them. Freedom to explore with all their senses and to learn about the world around them as they experience it.”

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Bursaries towards the cost of these courses may be available for schools or educational settings who meet the necessary criteria. If you are interested in applying for a bursary please contact 


About the Cambium Network

The Cambium Network has trainers in many parts of the UK. We cooperate in Continuing Professional Development, standardisation of assessment and feedback, submission of work for accreditation to Agored Cymru (Formerly OCN Wales) awarding body and internal and external quality assurance.

Trainers meet regularly to discuss the latest developments, and to exchange ideas, skills and techniques and to play for the future. Most members of the Cambium Network provide services direct to schools and other bodies wishing to engage with the expanding use of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and Coastal School techniques in early years, primary and secondary education.