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from IOL CEO Andy Robinson, January 2016

Author:IOL LK
Date Added:29 January 2016

Inquiry in to the Purpose & Quality of Education

The House of Commons Education Select committee launched an inquiry into the purpose and quality of education back in November.  It has recently completed receiving written submissions, which the Institute and English Outdoor Council , amongst others made representations to on behalf of outdoor learning.  This promises to be a long running enquiry with the potential for outdoor learning’s scope to contribute to issues around delivering the curriculum (e.g. field work), character education, developing resilience, engaging with the natural environment and building healthy lifestyles.  The Institute will seek to contribute to the on-going enquiry so please do contact us if you believe your area of outdoor learning may be under represented. institute@outdoor-learning.org


Responding to the recent Sporting Future strategy from Sport England

As you will know from the last IOL newsletter, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) published the strategy back in December.  Particular importance is placed on promoting sport to people from all backgrounds – be it through taking part in activity, watching live events or volunteering.  Sport England are also asking to further engage those groups who aren’t doing sport as regularly as others – such as women, disabled people, those from poorer backgrounds and older people.  If you want to express your views on the strategy either feed in direct to Sport England at Sporting Future Survey  or let us know your thoughts and IOL will be represent you.

AALA update

As you may have picked up earlier in the month there is the potential for AALA to move under the auspices of The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.  Given the complexities associated with this it is unlikely to impact on the outdoor learning community in the next 12 months.  IOL will continue to push for a common and straight forward licensing regime across all home nations and we will let you know when we know any more details.

In the mean time the team of inspectors has changed. Owen Hayward has taken over as Senior Inspector with responsibility for Wales from John Cliffe.  John has been with us since the very beginning of Licence and before.  (He worked on the Wales Tourist Board pre-cursor scheme to licensing).  Owen was previously Head of North Wales Outdoor Education Service and Educational Visits Advisor for Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Anglesey and Gwynedd.  Jane Campbell Morrison will be taking over in March as the Senior Inspector with responsibility for Scotland from Bob Telfer.  Bob has also been with us since the very beginning of Licensing.  Jane is currently the Chief Executive Officer with Snowsport Scotland, and will be known to many as the current Chair of SAAF.  We are also sorry to say goodbye to two of our long standing free-lance inspectors, Sam Crymble and Sam Cook.


I just like to mark an important event that happened in early January when Chas Matthews, the longstanding chair of the National Association of Field Study Officers (latterly IOL Field Studies (NAFSO) Group), handed over the reins to the new chair Tom Davis.  It has been my pleasure and privilege to get to know Chas over the past couple of years and begin to understand his extraordinary commitment and positive impact on the world of Field Studies.  Thank you Chas for ensuring a smooth transition into the new group, which I’m sure will be a fitting legacy.  For those of you attending the IOL Southern Region conference in February there will be an opportunity to attend a workshop led by Chas and draw on his wisdom.




Andy Robinson

CEO


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