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The Institute for Outdoor Learning supports individuals and organisations who use the outdoors to make a difference for others.
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. More...    
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Essential Insurance
Insurance: Essential Insurance for those who run outdoor activities

JLT Adventure Activity Insurance Website - Click here.

Preferential rates for IOL members only. This offer is open to all companies with a turnover less than £150,000.

As the recommended Insurance Broker of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), the Adventure Activity insurance scheme from Thistle Insurance Services (formerly JLT) have been specially designed for individuals, partnerships and companies with a turnover less than £150,000. Although we are also happy to review your insurance arrangements regardless of turnover, separate to the IOL scheme with our Lloyds Underwriter.

Talk to us today on 0345 872 5524 about:

• Employees Liability Insurance







• Public and Products Liability Insurance

The Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a leader in providing insurance for both activity centres and freelance instructors. We fully understand the importance of supporting, developing and promoting excellent practice in learning through outdoor experience. We recognise that every activity business is unique so have ensured that you have the flexibility to grow your insurance to match your particular requirements. And as your activities business grows, we can adapt your policy to suit you.

We also have a bespoke scheme for forest school leaders/bushcraft leaders/environmental study officers, who work on a freelance basis.

Under this scheme, a freelance instructor offering purely Environmental Studies can expect to pay just £169 inc IPT for an annual policy (depending on satisfactory completion on the proposal form) if they are a member of IOL. Please note: If you are trading under a company name, you are required to be an Organisation member with the IOL.

Visit the Adventure Activity Insurance Website, Or call us now on







0345 872 5524

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a division of Thistle Insurance Services Limited. Lloyd's Broker. Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority. A JLT Group Company. Registered Office: 6 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2PH. Registered in England No 00338645. VAT No. 244 2321 96. Outdoor Learning Services Ltd are Introducer Appointed Representatives of Thistle Insurance Services Limited.

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme - Click here

 

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Insurance is also provided by Activities Industry Mutual
  • Activities Industry Mutual has been established for the industry, by the industry, following industry-wide research of AALA licensed adventure activities providers. AIM is managed by Regis Mutual Management Limited, a company of professional managers who specialise in running mutuals.
  • www.activitiesindustrymutual.co.uk

Diary

For details see: IOL Events page or the IOL Accreditation Diary Dates.

December
06/12/2016 Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
St Austell

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=167

£20 IOL member. £40 non IOL
07/12/2016 Safeguarding and Protecting Children...
Safeguarding and Protecting Children...
IOL South event

IOL Members £35
Non members £55

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=166
08/12/2016 Safeguarding and Protecting Children...
Safeguarding and Protecting Children...
IOL South event
Chichester

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=166

IOL Members £35
Non members £55
09/12/2016 High Quality Outdoor Education in Wales
High Quality Outdoor Education in Wales
IOL Wales event

at Kent Mountain Centre, Llanberis LL55 4EL

7pm to 10pm

The Outdoor Education Advisers Panel in Wales are seeking funding to translate ‘High Quality Outdoor Education’ into Welsh. Before they commission translators they want to consult with providers to ensure that the new document is fit for purpose in Wales (that it matches the new Welsh Curriculum for instance). This event is an opportunity for you to contribute to the process. To give added sweetness to proceedings, festive refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to all (not just IOL members) so please spread the word. Places need to be booked.
January
13/01/2017 Reflective Practice Workshop
Reflective Practice Workshop
IOL Wales

Bangor University, School of Education

3pm to 5pm


This is an opportunity to learn more about reflective practice; the ways in which it can improve your performance and make life more fun. Please bring writing materials and a sense of adventure. This event is free and open to all (not just IOL members), but will be of particular benefit for people embarking on RPIOL or APIOL and their coaches. Places need to be booked.
20/01/2017 IOL North West Conference
IOL North West Conference
at University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus

IOL North West web page'
21/01/2017 IOL Midlands Bushcraft Skills Day at...
IOL Midlands Bushcraft Skills Day at...
http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=162

IOL Members £45
Non members £75
22/01/2017 Bushcraft - Using Sharp Tools - an IO...
Bushcraft - Using Sharp Tools - an IO...
http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=162

IOL Members £50
Non members £70
25/01/2017 Working With Challenging Behaviour -...
Working With Challenging Behaviour -...
Venue is Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre


IOL Midlands web page'
February
03/02/2017 IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
in conjunction with our colleagues at the Scottish Adventure Activities Forum (SAAF).

IOL Scotland web page'
11/02/2017 Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaway - a one day reviewing journey

with IOL Midlands Region

Shugborough Outdoor Centre, nr Stafford


IOL Midlands web page'
12/02/2017 Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaway - a one day reviewing journey

at Leicester Outdoor Centre, Leicester

IOL Midlands web page'
March
11/03/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event -Ch...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event -Ch...
Broomheath Planatation, Cheshire

11 - 12 March 2017

Workshops so far planned:

Campfire Cooking – Simon and Rachel Harding
Bashas, Tarps and Knots – Lewis Herridge
Working with Willow – Dave Watson
Others TBA

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
14/03/2017 IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Assessment 14/03/17 Derbyshire

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225
14/03/2017 Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
at Powder Mills, Yelverton

IOL South West web page'
31/03/2017 IOL Midlands - Joint Meeting with mem...
IOL Midlands - Joint Meeting with mem...
at Malvern Hills Outdoor Centre
http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=162
April
May
02/05/2017 Bushcraft Competency Certificate Asse...
Bushcraft Competency Certificate Asse...
at Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire


http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225
03/05/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire

3rd - 4th May 2017

Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire

Workshops so far planned:

- Tracking through Observational Skills and Games
- Make a Canadian Predator Call – George Yeomans
- Man Made Tinder (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
- Friction Fire for all ages

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
Working with Willow - Dave Watson
June
July
August
01/08/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - O...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - O...
At Appleton Common, Oxfordshire

Workshop TBA

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
03/08/2017 IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Assessment 03/08/17 Oxfordshire

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225

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