IOL Insights - December 2015
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IOL Insights - December 2015

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Date Added:17 December 2015

IOL Insights - December 2015


  VOICE

  • The UK Government’s Department for Education called for evidence to inform a review of teacher CPD. IOL responded on behalf of the Outdoor Learning community pointing to the need for early intervention in a teacher’s career, preferably a practical introduction to outdoor learning during initial teacher training.
  • The Institute is engaging with Natural England’s Strategic Research Group helping to ensure a true reflection of the breadth of the outdoor learning sector and a link between research activity and practice development.
  • IOL Scotland is working with SAAF to ask for a Cross Party Group in Scotland to consider the role outdoor learning plays in the introduction to healthy lifestyles.
  •  IOL continue to be a key member of the English Outdoor Council ensuring production and distribution of resources such as High Quality Outdoor Learning and representing the other members of the council and the wider sector at consultations where appropriate.
  •  IOL has helped the Paul Hamlyn Foundation consider the best way to ensure long term impact of their ‘Learning Away’ research into the use of residential programmes in education.

  •   GUIDANCE

    • A report on the evidence base for the effectiveness of outdoor learning has been published. Funded by The Blagrave Trust and prepared by Caroline Fiennes of Giving Evidence and Professor Sandy Oliver of UCL, the report calls for changes in the sector. Initial findings have been presented at the recent AHOEC & CLOtC conferences and IOL will seek to work with those wishing to implement the recommendations. The full report can be found on the IOL website under Guidance/Research Reports. IOL chaired the steering group for the work.
    • IOL’s review of gender balance in leadership in the outdoor learning sector is under way. Led by Cress Allwood the initial online survey based work will lead to development of guidance and workshops to support organisations looking to benefit from greater gender balance in their leadership teams.
    •  A recent update to AAIAC & ERCA’s ropes course guidance can be found on the AAIAC pages of the IOL website.
      COMMUNITY
    • Regional conferences. The last quarter has seen a healthy attendance at IOL regional conferences in the South West, Midlands, North East & North West. These conference provide both an opportunity to listen experienced practitioners and a chance to network with a wide variety of people from the sector.
    • Integrated Field Studies at the Field Studies (NAFSO) PDE Event 2016. If you’re based in the South and East and were unable to get to the NW event earlier and so missed the chance to consider how well your practice integrates field studies into other activities, this is the Conference to get to. Bookings will be taken over the Christmas period.
    • AFA SIG & BMC symposium. There was a strong turnout for the Adventure for All SIG meeting at The Lake District Calvert Trust in November. Members of the SIG also supported the BMC symposium that was held immediately afterwards.

      PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • The IOL Employer’s Group has sought to give guidance on sustainable models for outdoor adventurous activity element of the National Citizen Service provision in the sector.
    • Working with the Outdoor Industry Association and funded by Sport England a recent workshop examined the implications for outdoor learning providers of the findings of the review of outdoor recreation provision and consumption. Representatives from Sport England provided guidance on SE policy for outdoor sport engagement and received feedback from workshop delegates.
    • The continuing work on developing an employer led suite of apprenticeships for the outdoor learning sector has moved to a time of wider consultation and will shortly result in a proposed model to be taken to The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
    • The Institute continues to review and develop individual and course accreditation. Any feedback should be sent to the Professional Standards Manager

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