Professional Training

Muddy Feet Training  is experienced in building capacity of students to enable them to progress on to training and become successful Forest School and Outdoor Learning professionals. They 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 accredited training pathways to meet your needs and 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

Capacity Building 

Muddy feet Training can come and work alongside staff to support them through the process of setting up Outdoor Learning and Forest School programmes.

We can offer bespoke one off sessions and a year long 'Outdoor Learning Enabler scheme'

This programme offers long term capacity building, offering bespoke advice that covers all aspects of Forest School ethos, Outdoor Learning and Well being approaches. This programme ensures you understand the different approaches and that you find the right pathway for your setting and identifies appropriate CPD /training opportunities saving you time and money. 

Forest School Training

Muddy Feet Training is able to offer the following opportunities

Level 2 Award in Assisting at Forest School

This is an introductory course for those wishing to find out more about Forest School ethos or those who are assisting  a Forest School Leader. This course enables you to assist at Forest School not lead Forest School sessions. This course is portfolio based and usually takes 6 months to complete.

This course covers four Units of Study at Level 2 and looks in more depth at practical skills, using the woodland as a sustainable resource and the theoretical side of planning for learning and play at Forest School. These Units are:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Outdoor Practical Skills
  • Assist at Forest School

Entry requirements apply

Cost £400.00 pp 

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Leadership

All Forest Schools must be delivered by an Level 3 accredited Forest School Leader, we are able to offer you this opportunity. This course is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programmes.
There are five Units of Study at Level 3:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
  • Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Teach Outdoor Practical Skills
  • Forest School Leader

The course is delivered by 5 training days, 2 practical skill assessment days and 1 work based assessment. This course is portfolio based and usually takes 9 months to complete. You will need to be in a position to deliver 6 Forest School sessions as part of the portfolio so you will need to have identified a client group and a site before attending this course. 

Entry requirements apply

Cost £800.00 pp

Course Dates:

19th, 20th, 21st , 26th, 27th March 2018, Practical Skill assessment days 23rd, 24th April 2018 - Howe Park Education Centre Milton Keynes


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th October 2018, Practical Skill Assessment days 5th and 6th November 2018 - Howe Park Education Centre - Milton Keynes


Forest School Level 2 – 3 Top Up course

This course is for those who have successfully completed the Level Two Assist at Forest School course to top up to the Level Three Forest School Practitioner status.

Course requirements

  • Attend four training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks.
  • As for Level Three above.

If you would like to ‘top-up’ your existing Level 2 FS training to L3 these courses are now run in conjunction with our L3 training, please contact us to discuss which dates you will need to attend to achieve your L3.

Cost £675pp

Location Howe Park Education Centre Milton Keynes. 


Outdoor Learning Training

Outdoor Learning is a way to use your grounds or outdoor space for teaching, learning, and play. Outdoor learning is experiential active learning, it's learning through discovery, feedback and reflection. Outdoor Learning is outcome led, a lesson outdoors or a whole school event.

What are the benefits to Outdoor Learning?

Outdoor Learning helps to raise self esteem, it is memorable and involves practical problem solving. Outdoor Learning can present information in a way that engages and develops understanding. Outdoor Learning can engage the hard to reach. It can help young people connect with the environment, and develop social and emotional wellbeing. You can teach a wide range of topics linking the curriculum to outdoor learning including Math, English, Literacy, Science, History and much much more. You can use Outdoor Learning to deliver everything from early years to lifelong learning and health outcomes!

So if you are fed up of being stuck indoors, get outside and make Outdoor Learning part of your teaching toolkit!

Muddy Feet Training is able to offer the following opportunities:


Outdoor Learning Taster Sessions

Muddy Feet can come a deliver twilight or half day taster sessions on your grounds. These sessions can be tailored to different areas of the curriculum depending on your needs. These can be delivered to staff or a class. Sessions may include introductory activities for outdoor math, literacy or science.

Costs starting from £200.00


Outdoor Learning Event

Muddy Feet training can come and deliver a full themed outdoor learning event day, this can be tailored to your desired outcomes. For example we have delivered literacy days for primary schools and training days for health walk leaders. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Costs starting from £300.00


OCN Level 2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice

This two and a half day course is aimed at those wishing to gain confidence to teach outdoors safely, using natural resources . This course will offer you the opportunity to experience outdoor activities linked to the curriculum including EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

This is an OCN accredited course and is worth 5 credits and usually takes 6 months to complete. You will be required to deliver 4 Outdoor Learning sessions and complete a portfolio to provide evidence for the following units

- Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

- Outdoor Learning Practitioner

Entry requirements apply, please contact us for further information

Cost £250.00 pp

2018 Course dates

12th , 13th March and 17th April 2018 - Howe Park Education Centre, Milton Keynes


24th, 25th September and 29th October 2018 - BBOWT Sutton Courtenay Education Centre, Didcot


15th , 16th October and 12th November 2018 - Howe Park Education Centre, Milton Keynes

Contact us for a booking form


OCN Level 3 Award in Leading the Outdoor Learning Curriculum

This two day course is designed for those who have completed the L2 Outdoor Learning Award are coordinating Outdoor Learning in their organisation. This course looks at the context behind Outdoor Learning, how to embed this as a whole school strategy,  how to plan for year round activity and how to  cascade knowledge and enthuse others to get outside the classroom.  The course includes creating a site plan, sustainability, understanding risks and developing guidance for provision of Outdoor Learning. Entry requirements apply to this course, please contact us for further information.

This award is worth 10 credits and you will need to provide evidence for the following units

- Supporting learning, play and development in the outdoors

- Observation and evaluation of outdoor learning

- sustainable use of natural resources

- Outdoor learning co-coordinators

Cost £350.00 pp

Muddy Feet training is also able to offer capacity building and INSET Training, please contact us for further details.

All qualifications are accredited through Agored Cymru (OCN Wales) and portfolios are subjected to an internal and external verification process.