from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, October 2015
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from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, October 2015

Author:IO LFE
Date Added:29 October 2015

The Home Nations, Regions and SIGs of IOL remain the places where most practitioners engage with and benefit from the Institute.   October saw two regional day conferences in the Midlands and the North East.  Both events were well attended by a healthy cross section of different types of outdoor learning practitioner.  This diversity of participation and membership of the Institute remains a key strength and leads to a wealth of networking benefits as well as learning opportunities.  If you’re considering your next professional development activity check this newsletter for a range of conferences in the coming months, including South West region, Bushcraft, Adventure for All & Field studies SIGs.

The recently published High Quality Outdoor Learning booklet (replacing High Quality Outdoor Education) is proving popular and is being used to support teacher and visit co-ordinator training as well as promoting suppliers’ services.  To complement this publication English Outdoor Council have also produced a leaflet containing simple checklists to help identify high quality outdoor learning and the characteristics of a high quality residential experience.  Thanks to AHOEC for funding the printing of this useful leaflet.  Both publications are available from the IOL office.  01228 564580 or email

Work in providing guidance to employers around outdoor first aid training continues.  See the developing online facility at Outdoor First Aid Training Guidance .  Guidance comes in 3 forms; a framework outlining training standards, recommended approaches to assessment and an online questionnaire to provide feedback on relevance of a trainer’s knowledge.

Work also continues on the development of employer led apprenticeships for the outdoors.  Work to date has included the development of a simple framework outlining different levels of apprenticeships relevant to different environments, client groups and competence levels.  This ‘straw man’ is being tested with a range of employers in the sector in the coming weeks and will lead to a commitment to develop a detailed proposal to be submitted to BIS.  If you currently employ apprentices’ or are planning to do so and are interested in the potential of this initiative or are interested in supporting the future development work please contact me by email

David Rutley MP calls for Minister for the Outdoors and recognition of the value of outdoor recreation This week’s Westminster Hall debate led by David Rutley MP has led to a response from the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.  She is going to consider having outdoor recreation formally added to her list of responsibilities.  The debate also acknowledged the value of outdoor learning and a full transcript can be found online

Finally, all organisations benefit from good governance.  This is especially the case with membership organisations that have objectives to support the wider sector!  A recent meeting of the IOL board of trustees considered the current and future make-up of the board.  If you are interested in a trustee role with the Institute, involving opportunities to test compliance, contribute to strategic debate and guidance and take on some representation and promotion activity, please contact me or IOL’s chair John Crosbie by email/  If you don’t wish to become a full trustee or are unsure of ‘your fit’, the board both co-opt members for specific roles and have a practice of inviting potential new trustees to attend a number of meetings before making a decision.

Andy Robinson 

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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