Professional Training

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MUDDY FEET® delivers environmental action based learning using a range of participatory approaches. We support the students to progress and become successful professionals. Who are able to inspire those within their sessions, have the skills to assess and manage risk, have a range of tools to facilitate and engage, and are able to effectively observe and show progression and learning.

We offer innovative and research based capacity building, short training courses and accredited training pathways to meet your needs.  We ensure that all tutors are professionally qualified and experienced and who are part of a wider training network to ensure all course standards are met. We deliver training in various locations and we are friendly and supportive. Students are also able to access discounts to online resources.

Muddy Feet runs practical training courses throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. 


The accredited courses are recognised by the Institute of Outdoor Learning through our Accredited Centre Cambium Sustainable and the courses are accredited by the Awarding Body Agored Cymru. You can feel safe in the knowledge that the course you enrol on is delivered to the highest standards. 

Thank you for a great course. the combination of your training expertise, the learning by doing and the ideas exchange with other students was really powerful!  Jone, 2018 Outdoor Learning student

How to identify if you need the Forest school or Outdoor Learning pathway?

Firstly understand what aims you have long term and what resources you have for future delivery. The Forest School Association defines Forest School as 

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Forest School is

  • Long term with the same children (min programme 6 weeks, usually once a week 2 hrs blocks)
  • High staff to child rations (2:15)
  • Small groups (max 15)
  • Child led
  • Not directly curriculum linked
  • Risky activities such as tools and fire
  • Free play
  • Delivered by trained practitioners (L3 Forest School leadership)
  • Holistic learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Experienced based

The Institute for  Outdoor Learning regard Outdoor Learning as a purposeful and planned experience in the outdoors. It’s a broad term that includes discovery, experimentation, learning about and connecting to the natural world, and engaging in outdoor sports and adventure activities.  Outdoor Learning is used for academic, social, mental health, wellbeing, inter and intra-personal development. Experiences are usually led by an instructor, teacher or leader and can be provided for an individual or group. Outdoor Learning helps people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities reflect and learn about themselves, each other and their environment. (IOL Website, 2019)

Outdoor Learning is

  • Curriculum linked e.g. maths, literacy, science, art, music
  • Teaching outdoors
  • Using what space you have
  • Whole class
  • Using free or low cost natural resources
  • Can be one off event or long term programme
  • Can varying lengths of time e.g. 10., 20 , 30 mins, I hour, I day
  • Holistic learning
  • Reflective learning
  • Experienced based

Both approaches should be considered, planned and developed as a whole school approach to ensure approaches are embedded and meet school objectives. The approaches are not exclusive and can be delivered together. We offer training and support pathways in forest school / outdoor learning and can design a personalised approach.

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