outdoor learning, training and therapy


Tel. +44 (0) 7962 446 886

Email. [email protected]

Step-Out Outdoor Learning, Training and Therapy C.I.C trading as Step-Out, Company Registration No 07868880

Registered Office:

6 Mount Pleasant

Aldington, Ashford,

Kent, TN25 7ND                            Website Terms & Conditions | Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy

a community interest company providing Forest School services in Kent


•    Forest School is a unique and effective way of working with small groups of participants (typically up to 12).  All the

     learning takes place on one of our designated sites in the forest.


•    The Forest School ethos of student led learning in the forest environment has been well documented to have outstanding results

     and we have found that as well as being successful with pre-school and primary aged children it is also a very successful process

     of learning for KS 3 and 4 students, adults with additional needs, participants with mental health diagnoses, military veterans,

     the homeless, families and those with acquired head injury or other disabilities.


•    In order to make Step-Out Forest School as safe and effective as possible all our Forest School Instructors hold the OCN Level 3

     (Practitioner level) or Level 2 (Programme Assistant level) qualifications and valid First Aid certificates. We have had several  

     years of experience of working with children, students and adults with varying abilities and additional or complex needs.


•    Our sites have been chosen for optimum learning potential and are used exclusively by Step-Out groups.  They are accessible    

     and exciting for all ages and abilities and we work closely with you in order to determine the most appropriate site for your




In order to obtain the best possible results with your group we advise that you book the longest programme possible (minimum of six weekly sessions), as confidence and  learning opportunities will grow as the participants begin to interact with the forest environment and build a relationship with the Step-Out Instructors.  Typically programmes include fire-lighting and management, outdoor cooking, working with hand tools, construction using natural materials (wood and clay), rope work, bushcraft and survival activities and natural arts and crafts.  For KS1 and 2 Forest School is predominantly learning through play and their imagination is fantastic – be prepared to hide in dens, play with clay, ‘go fishing’ in the brook, ‘trap bears’, use natural paints, etc.



•    Pre-Programme Visit in your school/centre for approximately 1.5 hours (this is not always necessary but can be very useful

    when working with students/participants with additional needs or behaviour issues.  It can help answer questions, allay fears and

    make the transition smoother)  =  £50


•    Forest School Programmes - from £90 for a half day or £150 for a full school day

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Step-Out Outdoor Learning, Training and Therapy C.I.C trading as Step-Out, Company Registration No 07868880

Registered Office:

6 Mount Pleasant

Aldington, Ashford

Kent, TN25 7DN                            Website Terms & Conditions | Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy

Tel: 07962 446 886

Email: [email protected]

For schools, PRU's & groups looking for an experience with more specified learning outcomes than Forest School

Forest School and Bushcraft




A limited amount of funding is available to help reduce the cost of these sessions. Please contact Sarah for more information.


We are grateful for the generous support of Colyer-Fergusson who have made this possible.




All programmes include...

For schools, pupil referral units or centres who are looking for a bushcraft experience with more specified learning outcomes than Forest School (ie: a pre-programme scheme of work),  or those who would like their students to gain a vocational qualification (OCNWM) or to achieve a John Muir Award, Step-Out offer programmes from a ‘one day’ Woodcraft  Session through to a full Learning Programme (12 weeks +).  On the longer programmes students should expect to gain appropriate vocational awards or certificates. These sessions will be led by a Step-Out Instructor who holds their IOL (Institute for Outdoor Learning) Bushcraft Competency Certificate as well as their Level 3 Forest School Leaders Qualification and who has several years of experience of teaching these skills to others.


•    Woodcraft Sessions are for students in KS3 and 4 and include practical ‘hands on’ experience of the four elements of survival:

     natural shelter building,  fire-lighting using team bow drills, collection and filtration of water and an element of wild food


     Cost from £150 per day.


•   Bushcraft Programmes which take place over a period of several weeks and can lead  to the John Muir Award and/or OCNWM

     Vocational Certificates will cover natural shelter construction, several different methods of fire-lighting and ways to manage a

     safe fire, camp cooking, tracking, natural navigation, wild food identification and preparation, safe tool use and plenty more.  A

     Scheme of Work will be discussed with you at the onset of the programme and ½ termly reports will be written for each student.

    Cost from £150 per day.


IMPORTANT - UNACCOMPANIED STUDENTS -  if you wish to send unaccompanied students on this Bushcraft Programme the cost is £70 per student per day (minimum payment for 4 students) including lunch.