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Working With Challenging Behaviour

25th January 2017: 9.30 - 4.30 at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

This workshop will address underlying theoretical models for challenging behaviour so that we can better manage it in our professional lives as practitioners through informed practice. Bring your own strategies to compare and contrast with others’ or just come along for new practical ideas.  

Bookings are open now

Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaway - a one day reviewing journey

Taking place at two locations so wherever you are in the region you can choose the one to best suit you.

  • Saturday 11th February 2017 9am to 5pm at  Shugborough Outdoor Centre, Stafford
  • Sunday 12th February 2017 9am to 5pm at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Leicester

Since the NAOE/IOL publication of Reviewing Adventures in 1996 Roger has been training outdoor educators and trainers around the world in how to facilitate learning while outdoors (and in many different kinds of weather). Now you can spend the day with Roger on an outdoor journey - a start and stop walk. The whole day will be spent looking at reviewing in the outdoors, using place, space and found objects as reviewing aids. If the weather is poor (it is winter) the day might be split 50/50 with indoors.

The Journey

It is a varied circular route that deliberately designed to pass through a whole range of different environments - suitable for a variety of reviewing methods and for one or two activities creating experiences to review
  Why a walking workshop?

Roger’s reviewing workshops for outdoor educators usually make the most of the local outdoor environment - Because you work outdoors it makes sense to learn these reviewing methods in the kind of environment in which you will be using them for real. We will be in your workplace - a particularly pleasant and stimulating one. We look forward to meeting you there.

Bookings are open now
  • IOL, AHOEC, CLOtC, WEEL, OEAP, MTA Members - £45 (a booking discount code is being issued to AHOEC, CLOtC, WEEL, OEAP, MTA Members)
    Organisational members of IOL can book up to 4 of their staff team at the member rate!
  • Non members  - £100
  • BOOK ONLINE. (only available to IOL members)
  • Book by email now with IOL.

IOL Midlands - Bushcraft Skills Day

Saturday 21st January 2017

at Frank Chapman Centre

Accommodation overnight free in the woods or £40 per Pod. Frank Chapman Centre has 4 berth Camping pods for those doing both days (Sharp Tools day 2) Book Pods direct with the centre on 01299 403292.

Join Sarah Robertshaw and Dave Watson for a day looking at improving your Bushcraft knowledge and understanding.
  • String and Withies – We will look at a variety of materials suitable for varying types of cordage and experiment with how they can be actively used in our sessions.
  • Cooking wild foods – We will be bringing in some venison along with some of our best hedgerow fruits to produce some outstanding dishes and syrups.
  • Fire – Explore some less usual methods of fire lighting including fire pistons and pump drills in order to create an ember and work out efficient ways to establish a fire in wet or damp conditions.
  • IOL Members £45
  • Non members £75

IOL Midlands - Sharp Tools Day

Sunday 22nd January 2017

at Frank Chapman Centre

Run by Dave Watson and Sarah Robertshaw This practical day aims to provide you with some width and depth of understanding as well as confidence in the use of knives and saws.

Overnight accommodation free in woods for those doing both days (IOL Midland Bushcraft Day) or for a little more comfort there are 4 berth camping pods available from the centre by calling 01299 403292.

Designed especially for those who work in Outdoor Education this day will make a difference.

The day will cover such subjects as:

  • Fundamental Safety considerations
  • Choice of knives
  • Variety of techniques to suit different tasks/clients
  • Choice of wood for given tasks
  • Maintenance of tools
  • Knife Law issues
  • Types of Saw for different tasks
  • Throughout the day you will make a wide variety of items to take away along with a certificate of attendance.

  • IOL Members £50
  • Non members £75



How to book for IOL Events

  • by phone 01228 564580
  • or email to IOL
  • IOL Organisational members can book up to 5 members of their teams onto each IOL event at the member rate.

What the participants said after the events in 2016....

“This was an excellent days training for knife skills. The pattern of the day was very much focused on doing rather than talking about it. You gave us very clear instructions and lots of positive reinforcement during the practical sessions. You managed to have everyone totally focused throughout the whole day(it is very unusual for our group to be so quiet but there were long periods of silence as everyone was concentrating so hard!) and everyone was very proud of the work that they managed to achieve”.
Paul (Cornwall Outdoors)

"Very informative and great value. A very good introduction to the subject by passionate practitioners."

"Amazing as always. The knowledge and skills that were passed on were very helpful. Thanks a lot."

"Fabulous day and setting. Dave and Sarah were inspirational, thanks for a great day."

Midlands meetings

Next meeting:

  • 31 March 2017 10am for 10.30 start at Malvern Outdoor Elements. Joint Meeting with member of the Central / Midland Outdoor Education networks on with a morning CPD on marketing for outdoor providers.
    10am- Arrive
    10.30am Quick over view of MOE and change to private ownership.
    10.50am - NOLA (National Outdoor Learners Award). Pilot scheme at MOE and what it is.
    11.10am- ?
    11.30am - Marketing 101. (basics in market research and starting a marketing plan).
    1pm - Lunch / networking (let me know if you are veggie)
    1.45pm - Regional meetings

Midlands Region Accreditation Bursary Scheme

The Midland Region IOL is pleased to offer a Bursary scheme to support regional members who wish to undertake the RPIOL / APIOL and LPIOLaccreditation scheme. You will be asked to show that you are willing to commit to regional events and meetings over the next twelve months. Please note the LPIOL Leadership workshop will be is in November 2016.

To apply for a Bursary please download the proposal and application form.


IOL Midlands News

  • Summer network session, which brings together a cross section of speakers/members from the arts, museums, galleries and environment sectors. On Friday 15th July 2016 at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry CV1 5QP  www.theherbert.org/
    Speakers from CLOtC Quality Badge holders and  Wolverhampton Galleries and Museums. Also Heritage Lottery Fund on encouraging applications from arts and natural heritage organisations. (TBC).
    All speakers will be explaining both their work on arts based activities and how they bring alive their outdoor environment.
  • Agenda for Midland Outdoor Learning Network - 22 April 2016
  • Colin Wood, the former IOL Midland Chair and Senior Lecturer on the University of Worcester’s MA Outdoor Education has offered to provide a twice yearly gathering, at the University, for prospective, current and potential LPIOL members and members of AHOEC involved in the proposed IOL/AHOEC ILM 5 course from the Central / Midland region.
    This supplements the IOL strategic leadership course and is an informal and peer led way to focus, encourage and develop outdoor learning leadership in our region and support and progress leaders through their accreditations and strategic development.
    Colin can be contacted at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester, Email or 01905 542235

How to book for IOL events:

For minutes of Midlands meetings see the log in area of documentation for members.

Future events : we'd like your ideas and input please

  • An event with a pub meal and speaker is planned by the Midlands Exec. If members have suggestions for venues, pubs, speakers, topics (e.g AP), venues dates, times best to suit members, speakers etc., PLEASE contact Colin .  Otherwise the Exec. will work on a best guess as to what the membership would find interesting.

Vital information on Insurance for all IOL Events

If you have regional information please email it to Fiona  stating which region it is for. We are keen to make these sections busy and useful for all members.

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Midlands Region Exec

Chair - Stuart Meese

Vice Chair - Sara Robertson 

Committee: Ed Sibson, Glen Probert

PDC - Allan Gibbs - Email Allan

IOL Midlands also has a group page Facebook. Search for Institute for Outdoor Learning Midlands Group