Leading Learning in the Outdoors - an event for schools 10th October 2018
Schools asked for a community of practice to connect to others with an interest in outdoor learning and to the charities and practitioners who can help. Many of these organisations have free resources that can support schools and an interest in developing joint programmes for funding. So, the Leading Learning in the Outdoors Conference was held on the 10th October 2018 at the beautiful YHA Lee Valley.
The fully booked event explored the latest evidence on 'what works' in outdoor learning, adventure and nature education and shared case examples from schools that have adopted a whole school model for their work outdoors. Organisations had the chance to test their resources and all took the opportunity to network and initiate programmes of joint working. There were also updates on the Outdoor Citizens campaign and on the DEFRA 25 Year Plan including work with the Department for Education on 'Nature Friendly Schools' and on how Education Endowment Foundation and Opportunity Areas are looking at outdoor learning.
Presentations from the conference
Introduction to Outdoor Citizens - Anita Kerwin-Nye
An outline of Outdoor Council and the case for outdoor learning in schools - Martin Smith – Chair Outdoor Council and Greenwood Academies Trust
Testing a community of practice - Andy Robinson – CEO Institute for Outdoor Learning and delegates
Putting Outdoor Learning at the core of an Academy Trust - Trevor MCDermott – Bohunt Education Trust
What does the evidence tell us works in outdoor learning? What do we still need to know? - Iggy Rhodes – Programme Manager Education Endowment Foundation