| Search
The Institute for Outdoor Learning

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...    
Member Login:
Effectiveness of Outdoor Learning

The Blagrave Trust commissioned this Effective of Outdoor Learning review and report in early 2015 to support the development of a better evidence base for Outdoor Learning in the UK.

For Members:

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




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

IOL Field Studies (NAFSO) Group


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

18/02/2016 IOL South Region Conference at High A...
IOL South Region Conference at High A...
South Region Conference 2016
Bookings are now open.
11/03/2016 IOL Wessex AGM
IOL Wessex AGM
IOL Wessex AGM
10am - 2pm

At Mill on the Brue,Bruton

To attend is free for IOL members but you must book.

Lunch is provided

IOL - Vision for 2016
Keynote Speaker: Neal Anderson, Professional Standards Manager for IOL
- See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=170#sthash.SyW8Q7le.dpuf
19/03/2016 IOL Bushcraft Special 2 day event - D...
IOL Bushcraft Special 2 day event - D...

27/04/2016 IOL Leadership Workshop
IOL Leadership Workshop
Venue to be confirmed.
01/08/2016 IOL Bushcraft Special 2 day event - Oxon
IOL Bushcraft Special 2 day event - Oxon
31/08/2016 IOL Bushcraft 2 day event - Somerset
IOL Bushcraft 2 day event - Somerset
14/10/2016 New Appointment
New Appointment
Taking pace at Yarnfield Conference Centre, Staffordshire.

More details later.

A date for your diary!

Previous Month   Next Month
IOL Insights

IOL Insights - December 2015
A round up of recent IOL activity that's with, for and on behalf of members and the wider Outdoor Learning sector

IOL Insights - September 2015
Voice / Guidance / Community / Professional Development

IOL Insights - June 2015
What we have been doing on your behalf in the last few weeks
IOL Organisation Member Map

Caldecotte advert to 20Aug2016Land and Wave to Sept 2016Roots and WingsAIM March 2014
Influencing / Lobbying advice

IOL has produced a simple paper by way of an introduction to developing a relationship with and influencing Government and your local MP. Find out more.

IOL CEO Andy Robinson writes....

from IOL CEO Andy Robinson, January 2016
Inquiry in to the Purpose & Quality of Education/Responding to the recent Sporting Future strategy from Sport England/AALA update/IOL Field Studies (NAFSO) Group

Donate to either IOL or the Campaign for Adventure  

AAIAC - Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee