Beach Teach

Level 3 Beach Teach – 6 credits

Here in Dorset we are fortunate to have the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast within reach.  Beach School encourages a thoughtful understanding of our role as guardians of the precious Jurassic Coast environment.  

This level 3 course is available to those who have completed either Level 3 Forest School Leader or Level 3 Outdoor Curriculum Co-ordinator.

The two-day course covers three units of study including;

  • Beach safety
  • Practical skills for the beach
  • Beach environment.

After the initial training days, trainees are required to run minimum of four beach-based sessions where they collect evidence to complete their portfolio.

Contact Maddy on or on 07957 390087 for advice and to discuss your options.

small girl on a pebble beach

Our Courses

Level 1 Award in Forest school Ethos and Principles

Level 2 Award in Forest school assistants

Level 2 Award in Coordinating the Outdoor Curriculum

Level 3 Certificate for Forest school leaders

Level 3 Award in Outdoor Learning

Our Forest School course is approved by the Forest School Association. Training days take place at Holton Lee Woods in Wareham and Thorncombe Woods in Dorchester. Our sites are ideal locations to practice how to use fire and tools safely and to discover how to care for the woodland environment.

Meet our team

Maddy Irvine

Maddy Irvine


Maddy co-founded Dorset Forest School in DATE. With a degree in Natural Sciences and a background in working for youth, education and environmental charities, her passion for Forest School bring all her experience under one canopy. She is actively involved in the development and running of Forest School provision in Dorset and is a Level 5 DET and Coastal School leader, teaching a range of Forest School and Outdoor Learning courses.

Helen O'Hara

Helen O'Hara


Helen O’Hara is Level 3 Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leader, PGCE and has vast amount of experience in special needs education and behavioural support. Helen brought her magic to South Dorset Ridgeway outdoor learning project.

What others say about our courses:

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, and learnt so much.

S. Pugh

Chesil Bank Pre-school

I thoroughly enjoyed this course – I loved the use of tools and it’s really developed my confidence. I particularly liked your anecodotes and the folklore that you brought into the course.

E. Sanderson

Manor Park First School

It has been a great experience and I am so glad I did it with Dorset Forest School. The children are thriving and growing all the time.

N. Moss

Bradpole Pre-school

Get in touch:

Our key aim here at Dorset Forest School is for all children in Dorset to access Forest School, which is why we are passionate about training others. There are a number of options for how we can take you through training, some of which are subsidised.

You first need to decide which training is most appropriate for you: Please contact Maddy using the link below or complete our contact form to explore your options.

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