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Sep

2016

Self defeating education and learning systems?

Andy Robinson    I recently spent a very stimulating morning at a gathering in Westminster organised by the Education Select Committee as part of that committee's review of the purpose and quality of education in England. I have to confess I was anticipating a fairly dry revisit of many of the old chestnuts about what good education looks like.... I was pleasantly surprised and motivated by the actual debate.

The Institute had responded to an earlier consultation by the committee informing them of the findings of the Blagrave Trust funded work looking at the evidence base for outdoor learning. Others from the outdoor learning community had also submitted comments and this recent morning's conference contained a session on outdoor learning, a sign of a growing recognition of the contribution good outdoor learning practice can make to education. I expect to see further work by the education committee examining the approach to use of outdoor learning in English schools.
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4

Jul

2016

Apprenticeships and professional standards

Andy Robinson image    You may have picked up that IOL are working in partnership with a group of employers to develop new apprenticeships for the outdoors.  This involves identifying sufficiently generic job roles in outdoor learning provision and what we would need a competent person to be able to do in that role, as well as deciding how to assess they are competent.  As the relatively recent call from Westminster to develop such ‘trailblazer apprenticeships’ coincides with the need for IOL’s professional accreditations to go through a review, the employer’s group and IOL have decided to ensure the two pieces of work inform each other.  The employer’s group has recently received the go ahead from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to start work on the first of the apprenticeship levels.
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30

Jun

2016

National Citizens Service

Andy Robinson   

I had the privilege this week of working with an NCS group for a day at the end of their first week of outdoor adventurous activity.  We were out on the hill and it was particularly wet!  The day was a fantastic reminder of why taking groups of people in the outdoors and facilitating their ownership of a challenging time together is such a worthwhile undertaking.  You've heard it all before so I won't go into that piece about helping groups have their own adventure.....though it is one of the most rewarding things I do.

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