CPD & Outdoor Learning Days

Circle of Life Rediscovery is passionate about training schools, organisations and education departments, in Outdoor Learning. All of our tutors have a background in education as well as knowledge about sustainable schools, nature connection, nature-centric models, the curriculum and the natural world. 

cpd dayWe offer a range of bespoke trainings that will improve outdoor learning in your setting. We draw on best practice from around the world and offer a holistic approach. 

We aim to enable practitioners to foster a more mature relationship with the natural world and leave you inspired with a bag full of practical and theoretical tools that link to an educational/learning based setting.

 

All trainings take place in our beautiful woodland in East Sussex.

We offer a 10% discount for mulltiple bookings (i.e. if one person books two or more CPD dates or if two or more people attend from the same organisation).

Please see below for our 2018 CPD courses. You can find our terms and conditions for al courses listed below here.

If you are interested in Forest School Training Level 3 or Forest School First Aid, please click here.

JOIN JULIET ROBERTSON AND JON CREE THIS YEAR:

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Title: Dirty Teaching - Developing a Whole School Approach to Learning Outdoors

Date: Friday 18th May 2018
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Where: Ringmer Academy, Ringmer, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

In this practical course, we look at realistic ways of embedding outdoor practice into the life and ethos of your school. It is not about paperwork or policies but about creating a vision and working towards it, be you the lone educator or a member of the leadership team tasked with the job! This course includes:
  • How to ensure a participative approach where children are involved at every step and feel their opinions are not only listened to but acted upon
  • Using can-do problem solving strategies to addressing key issues or barriers
  • Wider considerations beyond curriculum-based outdoor learning with examples of practice from different countries. 
  • Think about simple, doable, cost-effective approaches to embedding sustainable principles into your work. 

Click here to read a proven case study with Juliet Robertson about a school in Scotland and how they acheived a whole school approach to outdoor learning.

This course is suitable for those who work with children in primary and nursery schools.  The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. We will be entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear.

 

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Title: Outdoor Maths - Place Value, Nature Counts (Please note this course has been moved from March)

Date: Friday 21st September 2018
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Whether you love or loathe the subject, this course will open your ideas to the potential of any outdoor space as a context for learning maths. We will have a lot of fun as we explore ways of:
  • Ensuring fan-ta-stick interactive approaches to mental maths
  • Developing simple lesson structures that are open-ended and begin with what the children know and can do.
  • Taking a playful approach to maths that develops children's confidence in this subject
  • Using children's natural curiosity about the world around them to develop data handling and analysis skills
  • Creating a maths-rich outdoor space or school grounds.
This course is particularly suitable for those who work with children in KS1 and KS2 including Forest School practitioners, primary teachers, SEND specialists and outdoor educators. Early Years educators may also find the day of value. The course is backed up by oodles of resources on a password protected blog post and the many blog posts that are readily accessible on the Creative STAR website. This course takes place entirely outdoors, so please come with lots of warm, waterproof clothing and footwear.
 
About Juliet
Juliet Robertson is a former head teacher of three schools ranging in size from 6 to 277 pupils. In 2007 she established Creative STAR Learning to provide Support, Training, Advice and Resources for outdoor learning and play. She has worked behind the scenes at a national level in Scotland as a consultant, ghost-writer and adviser to many organisations including Education Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). Find out more.
 

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Title: Level 2 Award - Food Safety in the Outdoors, with Outdoor Cooking

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018
Lead Facilitator: Sarah Blake
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£120 per person including lunch
Time: 09.00 - 17.00, please arrive by 08.50
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

The aim of the day is to combine the theory of food safety with the practical skills of cooking lunch in the outdoors developing good practice guidelines in hopefully a fun, interactive manner.

We will practice 4 methods of cooking:

  • Frying
  • Boiling
  • Cooking on a stick
  • Cooking in the embers

This course is suited to Forest School Leaders, Children’s workers, Scouts, Guides, voluntary helpers and food handlers as you have the responsibility to keep children, young people and adults safe. The qualification is designed to give an appreciation of good hygiene practice.
There is emphasis on the 4 Cs (chilling, cooking, cleaning, contamination). Monitoring controls, corrective actions and methods of reporting are examined as part of a food safety management system. It is aimed at those of you who perform a varied food handler’s role with some guidance and supervision.

 

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Title: Forest School Skills - Foraging & Fire

Date: Saturday 20th October 2018
Lead Facilitator: Mark Lloyd & Anna Richardson
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: 
£70.00
Time: 09.30 - 15.30, please arrive by 09.15
Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

Refresh your forest school skills! This day is for Forest School leaders, beginners and experts alike and those wishing to explore foraging and fire on a deeper level. On this day we will look at the basics of lighting and maintaining fire both modern and ancient. We will gather and process some of our wild berries and nuts. Learning how to confidently identify them and how we might use them safely and with great benefit. We will use some ancient cooking techniques.
 


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Title: Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors. Course run by Jon Cree

3 day course with the option of an Accreditation

Date: 19th - 21st November 2018
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: tbc, Ringmer, East Sussex
Cost: £325 + £60 for Accreditation

Booking: Please CLICK HERE to complete our online booking form where you will also find payment details.

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).   

Aims of the course:

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with 'real life' scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings - including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards.
  • Reviewing your own policies

Day One, 9am - 5pm:

  • Welcome, introductions and how we work together
  • What is behaviour – our challenges
  • Overview of course – Assessment criteria and learning journal
  •  4 Theories of Behaviour, (behaviourism) Skinner and Bandura, (Psycotherapy) Vaillant and Freud, (humanism) Rogers (constructivism) Kohn, Glasser and Rosenburg
  • Course expectations
  •  Magic Spot – qualities the outdoors brings to 'affecting behaviour'
  • Fire
  • Needs met and unmet by the outdoors for me and my clients
  •  Responding in the moment – the role of EI, Empathy and de-escalation

Day Two, 9am - 5pm:

  • Personal ecology – how I see myself, how others see me
  • Neural Development including the adolescent brain
  •  How the outdoors meets my needs and particularly working with groups and challenging behaviour in the outdoors – link to 'feelings'
  • 'Reading' our learners
  • Empathic language and communication
  •  The 'isms'
  •  Intervention strategies and de-escalation
  •  Participants Scenarios, Planning and simulation

Day Three, 9am - 4pm:

  • Revisit scenarios and de-escalation
  • The challenging behaviour First Aid Kit and Support Networks
  • The whole cycle and how to work with each part of a behavioural cycle
  • Review own Policies and Procedures
  • Back to Assessment criteria, Personal Learning Journals, Paperwork for portfolios
  •  Review and Action plans

 

To view our previous CPD's CLICK HERE.

 
For more information please email:
bookings@circleofliferediscovery.com
01273 814226  / 07966 514469
 
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"The Fire and Tools CPD was a great day! There was so much packed in and still space to accommodate our questions and needs. It was an inspiring day, ticking off some personal goals and leaving me hungry once more. Thank you!"
Heather Hadley, CPD participant, 2017.

"I have been through a range of emotions from tears to sheer joy! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The training has made me take a step back and look at how we can support children in their development rather than specific knowledge. I have loved every minute and feel totally inspired. "
Sarah, Forest School Training Ireland, 2017.

Thank you so much for a fantastic day in the woods on Friday - I loved it! The course was the perfect mixture of practical and theoretical (and also a little bit magical too!).  I loved thinking of plants in terms of directions and times of life."
Lucy Collins - Founder, Bee in the Woods, 2016

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