Branching Out Training

Branching Out Training is an accredited provider for forest school training for primary schools, nurseries and pre-schools, and is based at Upton Heath Church of England Primary School, near Chester in Cheshire.

Delivered in association with UK training network Cambium and accredited by Agored Cymru, Branching Out Training offer the Level 2 Outdoor Learning Practitioner training course and the level 3 Forest School Leader course.

Our aim at Branching Out Training is helping more education and childcare professionals to achieve recognised qualifications in forest school, therefore enabling more children to experience the many and varied benefits of forest school.

Benefits of forest school training

  • With trained staff in-house you can develop a sustainable forest school provision at your school, nursery or pre-school.
  • An in-house forest school provision can enable you to provide intervention programmes for children with specific social and emotional needs.
  • Train your staff at your school in our wonderful mini woods and forest school area at Upton Heath.
  • Training delivered by qualified primary school teachers, who understand how to make forest school integral to the curriculum.
  • Learn the skills you need to implement forest school in your setting, from professionals who have done just that.
  • Ongoing advice and support, with additional top-up sessions available.
  • Valuable and nationally recognised forest school qualifications from Branching Out Training.
  • Forest school training for schools, nurseries and pre-schools across Cheshire, North Wales, the Wirral and into Liverpool.

What’s great about Branching Out Training?

“In this increasingly frenetic and stressful world, forest school has so many benefits for children.” Sarah Pearson, Branching Out Training. Forest school is the perfect environment for promoting holistic child development, building resilience, communication, problem solving, co-operation, self-confidence and self-esteem.” Sarah Pearson, Branching Out Training. With your own forest school, children can get outdoors and revel in the freedom and relaxation that nature offers.” Sarah Pearson, Branching Out Training.

About us

Branching Out Training is the result of many years of experience in delivering forest school at primary level. Our journey began over seven years ago at Upton Heath Church of England Primary School, a large primary school near Chester.

Qualified teacher Sarah Pearson was tasked with developing the forest school provision at the school. After gaining additional forest school qualifications to implement forest school at Upton Heath and train future forest school leaders, and with the assistance of a small team of colleagues, Branching Out was born.

Children at Upton Heath have enjoyed forest school sessions as part of the curriculum at Upton Heath since 2012, and forest school is a valued and valuable part of the curriculum. Over time, Branching Out were approached by other schools in Cheshire for assistance in setting up forest school provisions.

Upton Heath also became a founder member of The Samara Trust, enabling it to deliver forest school at all schools within the multi academy trust, including Clutton C of E Primary School and Little Sutton C of E Primary School. As a hub for forest school in the Cheshire area, developing a specific training arm was the natural progression, and so Branching Out Training was founded in 2019. Training income is invested back into our forest school provision, helping more children to experience forest school more often.

Our courses are designed to support those within the education sector who wish to develop quality outdoor learning experiences to the children and young people in their care.