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ITC Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles

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ITC First is approved by and meets the requirements of Forest School Association

Note: FSA support is for ITC First - the Awarding Organisation.  There is a separate process for FSA endorsing Forest School Trainers.  This logo cannot be used by ITC Centres at this time.

Level 1 Award

This qualification is intended to introduce the candidate to the underlying ethos and ideas of Forest School and the use of the outdoor to aid learning.  It is suitable for all who wish to undertake an introduction to, or have an interest in teaching and learning in this sector.


Topics include:

/live/qualifications/ITC Forest School first Aid .jpgUnderstanding the Forest School approach to learning, participating in a Forest School experience, woodland species identification, impact of Forest School on the woodland environment and understanding hazards at Forest School.

Assessment tasks will result in each candidate producing a portfolio of evidence meeting each assessment criteria in the unit.


Typical qualification support includes:

  • Attendance at an event at an approved ITC Centre
  • 25 guided learning hours
  • Assessed by a portfolio of evidence generated by Centre devised assessment tasks
  • Mentor support
  • Successful completion will result in the candidate gaining an ITC Level 1 Award in Forest School Ethos and Principles

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