Additional Learning Needs

Our setting-based courses have been designed for professionals wanting to gain an understanding of behavioural needs and management.

Perfect for those wanting to develop their knowledge in mainstream settings, and those working in alternative settings.natural shelter

This course looks beyond the traditional learning environment to help participants understand how to better work with behavioural needs and enable learning and development.


Really enjoyed the sessions with you, I think you have a wealth of knowledge and you were inspirational.

Kelly, L3 learning support for children and young people with additional learning needs,  Student 2020

Level 3 Award in Learning Support for children and young people with additional learning needs

This course is a Nationally Recognised Level 3 RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework) Award.

It is designed to give professionals who would like to provide an alternative provision outdoors for children and young people and who require the skills, knowledge, and Council approved level of policies, procedures, safeguarding, and risk assessments.

An alternative provision may be outdoor sessions of learning, forest school, bushcraft, outdoor education delivered by employed staff or freelance staff, they can be school grounds sessions.


It is suitable for those who would like to work with or who work with children or young people. We advocate an individual approach to each participant you want to support.

There is a wealth of evidence to show that learning and development outdoors benefit learners with additional needs.

To work supportively, provide effective learning, development, and use the correct level of policies and procedures to work outdoors safely, professional skills are needed. This is an exciting and innovative 4-day course designed to develop these skills.

It has been scrutinised and used by educational establishments working with additional needs.

Contributors include children, young people, parents, teachers who have lived experience of neurodiverse needs and behavioural needs, an independent awarding body, course participants from outdoor education, county councils, and alternative provision.

All of the strategies used are tried and tested.

It has key skills for education, outdoor, SEN, mental health, social and youth workers, parents, carers, community officers, Forest School Leaders, Scouts, Guides, and other youth groups.

This course builds on your existing outdoor skills and develops a toolkit of new ways of working for you to use effectively with a range of client groups in any outdoor setting.

We cover how to work effectively and therapeutically with children and young people who have experienced:

  • Adverse childhood experiences;
  • Trauma;
  • Mental health issues.
  • Autism,
  • ADH,
  • Sensory Processing needs,
  • Dyslexia,
  • Attachment needs,
  • Aspergers,
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Avoidant behaviour and other behavioural needs.

This course is sensitively delivered and the trainers will help clarify issues you need for your setting.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how to provide an alternative provision – an inclusive outdoor learning environment for participants.
  • Understand key factors that can influence behavioural needs in the outdoor learning environment.
  • Be able to support the learning of a person with additional needs, neurodiversity, and behavioural needs through effective communication and support strategies outdoors.
  • Be able to evaluate and improve your own learning support practice.
  • Understand organisational policies, health and safety, legal requirements, safeguarding, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures. Relating to needs and alternative provision settings outdoors.
  • Understand how to support, restore trust and learn following incidents.
  • Know how to develop the communication skills of children and young people who have additional learning needs.
  • Be able to assess potential risk within an outdoor learning environment for additional needs.
  • Understand the need to facilitate learner communication in matters relating to safeguarding and child protection.

Key results from using this approach include increased communication skills, social skills, teamwork, improved attendance and engagement along with increased confidence and ability to work in groups.

This is an OCN L3 Award (QCF) accredited by Agored Cymru.  This course is assessed through a portfolio. This course normally takes 9 – 12 months to complete.

This course is 15 Credits and covers these units;

  • Supporting the learning of children and young people who have mental health needs or Neurodiversity
  • Positive approaches to understanding and reducing behaviours that challenge
  • Supporting Learning – Professional Conduct
  • Communicating with children and young people who have additional learning needs to enhance their learning
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Safeguarding and child protection requirements

Entry requirements

  • 19 + years old
  • Level 2 Qualification or equivalent
  • Experience of working with the client group or outdoors
  • Cost £699 accredited

Find the course dates on the events listing