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Covid-19 Impact Surveys

Surveys to gather the impact of Covid-19 on Outdoor Learning Organisations & Outdoor Professionals

Covid 19 impact surveys


Covid-19 Impact Surveys


The impact of Covid-19 is being felt across all areas of Outdoor Learning. After a period of significant and necessary change, now is the time for taking stock of the impact of the current situation on Organisations and Professionals involved in Outdoor Learning. The initial COVID-19 Impact Surveys have pulled together data about the immediate impact of Coronavirus, implications for the longer-term and anticipated sector needs for the future.


Outdoor Learning Covid-19 Impact Survey Reports



Sector Survey IV : Outdoor Learning Within Education - New






Sector Survey III : The Effects on Residential Outdoor Learning Providers






Sector Survey II : Recovery Planning






Sector Survey I : For Organisations & Outdoor Professionals




Representing Outdoor Learning with UK and Home Nation Governments

IOL, AHOEC, BAPA, OEAP and partners wish to use this evidence given in the COVID-19 Impact Report for communications with government around the needs of our sector and the offer it can make going forward. They plan to make concise points as follows and would appreciate your thoughts on these.


The Ask

We’re asking for support under these sector priorities:

Protect our Workforce
Clarification of how the costs of the furlough extension will be shared with business from August and recognition of the reliance of the sector on the extension of the current furlough arrangements until October, as well as the on-going need to provide in-work support for wages over winter and into 2021. This is important for organisations to keep capacity and capability in the absence of seasonal income.

Protect our Resources
Financial support for organisations to maintain buildings, grounds and assets while not in use / in restricted use. This is particularly important for residential settings that may not be in a position to make an offer of school support as noted below.

Protect the Value of Outdoor Learning
Protect the Value of Outdoor Learning Support in the communication of the benefits of outdoor learning through DfE, DCMS, DEFRA and help in retaining and encouraging access to outdoor learning. The opportunity to share and promote High Quality Outdoor Learning (also attached) should be taken.

The Offer

Our sector has a powerful offer to make to support schools, young people, families and communities:

Support for Schools
Direct help with the delivery of outdoor learning on / close to school sites. Indirect support in upskilling school staff and supporting curriculum and system development. This will enable more schools to effectively utilise outdoor space as well as being the first stage in a progressive effort to encourage schools back to centres and residential settings when appropriate.

Support for Key Workers
Key worker teams and individuals have experienced trauma and intense pressure for some weeks now, with consequent risks to mental health, general wellbeing and effectiveness. Our sector can offer various solutions from carefully designed interventions and programmes to team activity breaks and retreats.

Support for use of the outdoors for learning, health and wellbeing.
The public have been encouraged to undertake 1 hour of beneficial physical activity daily – this is necessarily outdoors in the absence of gyms, leisure facilities and traditional sports. Many individuals and families have enjoyed purposeful time together outdoors and discovered new, healthy, therapeutic and cost-free ways of keeping mentally and physically fit.
Our sector can support the continued and developing use of the outdoors with local action, enabling access to places and activities just beyond what many can lead themselves. Ideas and resources for extending and enriching outdoor experiences can be shared through structured sessions, outdoor centre visits, residentials and courses according to prevailing guidance.



Covid-19 Impact Survey For Organisations


Size of the organisation involved in Outdoor Learning that completed the impact survey


Areas of Outdoor Learning represented by organisations completing the impact survey



Covid-19 Impact Survey For Outdoor Professionals


Primary job role of Outdoor Professionals that completed the impact survey


Organisations where Outdoor Professionals completing the impact survey work


The results of the surveys will be shared with partners so we can better serve our members and represent the impact and concerns of the sector to government departments DCMS, DfE, DEFRA.


Partner & Supporting Organisations



Institute for outdoor Learning


Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres


British Activity Providers Association


Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel


Forest School Association




Covid-19 Resource Base


Stay-in-Touch Webinars


Up-skilling During Unplanned Downtime


Advice and Sharing of Good Practice



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