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Finish or Forget Forest School training?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by silvercrayon, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. silvercrayon

    silvercrayon New commenter

    My work paid for me to do Level 3 Forest School training. It was good but the written portfolio is ridiculous! As it turns out I don’t need the qualification to do the things I want to do, a risk assessment would be fine!

    Now I have a 2 month deadline on the written work but would rather focus on teaching. I think the qualification will only serve as another ‘badge’ on the bottom of the school letters. What do I do?
  2. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    sounds like you are committed
  3. silvercrayon

    silvercrayon New commenter

    What happens if I don’t complete the portfolio though? I wish I had of just paid for the training myself
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Ask for some time off timetable to complete it.
  5. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    It will look good on your CV. School have paid for it. It's only level 3 - the sort of thing 17 year olds do every day. Just do it.
  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    What @saluki said.

    It's only Level 3.
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Do it. Keep rubbing those sticks together. Keep making shelters out of twigs. If you need an exit route from the main job in future that could be it. If you quit I guarantee that one day you'll kick yourself.

    There was a time in my past when I nearly gave up on an additional qualification in ICT, and my better half persuaded me to stick with it. I'm bloody glad she did, because it meant I would work in a shortage subject for the rest of my career, so I was never short of a job, or of interview opportunities.
  8. mothergoose2013

    mothergoose2013 Occasional commenter

    Definitely agree with @magic surf bus, I once struggled through the SENCO qualification whilst learning the job at the same time. I nearly gave up several times. When it came to me needing to get out a few years later it was the thing that made the difference to me gaining consistent employment in a far better situation.
  9. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Finish it - you never know when you may need it in future. It could be the only difference between you and another equally strong candidate for a new post - then you could have your dream job in the bag!
    Presleygirl and mothergoose2013 like this.
  10. Toomuchtooyoung

    Toomuchtooyoung Occasional commenter

    I’ve done the L3 Forest School, I agree it is a huge volume of work. But it is a level 3 which most people tackle over 12-18 months. Yes it’s worth doing. Technically you don’t need the qualification at all but it gives you the confidence and reassurance, makes the insurers happier and you may want to do more with it at a later date. It’s not cheap either shame not to see it through, ask for an extension if you don’t think you’ll finish in time. It’s in everyone’s interest that you pass.
    SundaeTrifle and mothergoose2013 like this.

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