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from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, September 2015

Author:IOL FE
Date Added:30 September 2015

I had the privilege of spending 2 days this month with a great group of people who represent the future of leadership in our sector.  They were all attending the new IOL Leadership Workshop which in addition to developing approaches to strategic leadership, strengthened peer networks and explored what strategic issues are facing the sector.  Thanks go to Neal Anderson for his design and co-delivery of the workshop.  The workshop is built around the use of action learning sets and leads into a second workshop to review progress in delivering strategic leadership goals.

The Sports & Recreation Alliance have facilitated a series of meetings to help inform the DCMS Sports Strategy Consultation.  The Institute has supported this process which has identified a range of priority areas including;  1. Low intensity activity & recreational sport make huge health gains  2. Infrastructure to support access to sport  3. Links between NGB’s & schools/introductory level providers  4. Clearer role for OFSTED  5. Emphasis on residential and space in the curriculum 6. Wider use of school facilities  7. Investment in ‘Inspired People’ as well as ‘Inspired Facilities’ 8. Better guidance for volunteers

The 21st UN conference on the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Paris during the period 30 November – 11 December.  Two actions are being proposed to focus delegates’ attention on the severe impact of climate change on mountains areas and mountain peoples and to have mountains adequately included in the negotiations:
1) An International Petition on Mountain ecosystems and peoples affected by climate change – to be signed by individuals and aimed at mobilizing peoples from all over the world in support of mountain peoples and ecosystems. The petition, if at least 5000 signatures are obtained, will be presented by the Italian Delegation. To sign the appeal please click here. Deadline: 29 November 2015

2) An International Declaration on Mountains and Climate Change – to be signed by organizations and supported by governments. This initiative is led by UIAA – the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. To sign this Declaration send your agreement by email under the name of the head of your organisation, including her/his signature and logo. Deadline: ideally 1 October 2015 to use the Declaration at the October sessions of the negotiations.

In addition to the Blagrave funded research into impact evaluation in outdoor learning, the Association of Sail Training Organisations is exploring the links between the outcomes from Sail Training with young people and longer term ‘positive life outcomes’.  Findings are likely to be published early in 2016.  The Blagrave work’s early findings are pointing towards a need for the sector to better co-ordinate its impact evaluation activity to establish an evidence base.  Most of you will not be surprised by that.  The report will be published shortly with recommendations for action which the Institute will be seeking to explore with other stakeholders.

As ever, if you wish to engage with any of IOL’s influencing and representation activity please contact us 

Andy Robinson, IOL CEO


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The Institute for Outdoor Learning supports practitioners and providers of Outdoor Learning. Our mission is to increase participation in outdoor learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of outdoor learning in the UK. - See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=40#sthash.CUZDhwSj.dpuf
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