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INSET for Teachers

Outdoor Learning INSET for Teachers

Would you like to develop outdoor learning at your primary school?



Through our training and support, teachers can develop the skills and confidence to plan creatively and implement exciting outdoor activities throughout the curriculum. Working with you we will deliver INSET to suit the needs of your own school.

Outdoor learning can have far reaching benefits for pupils in primary schools including improved motivation, attitudes to learning, and standards of achievement. The positive impact of outdoor learning was recognised by Ofsted at a school in Lancashire in February 2012.

The school receiving an Ofsted judgement of ‘outstanding’. ‘Outdoor learning projects capture pupils’ imagination and make them keen to learn more’ ‘Imaginative curriculum planning, particularly for outdoor learning means learning is purposeful, active and fun’.

‘The many opportunities for pupils to learn outside the classroom generate an excitement about learning and help all pupils to experience success across many subject areas’.

‘The well used outdoor facilities support learning across the curriculum and also allow pupils to find a quiet space to pause and reflect within the busy school day.’.

Whatever outdoor space and facilities a school may have, these can be used and developed to provide an exciting learning environment where pupils can engage in stimulating learning experiences outside the classroom – however, without teachers who are confident and empowered to use the outdoors, then these learning opportunities will not be realised to their full potential.



What we will deliver

First Steps

  • An introduction to the thinking behind learning outdoors and getting out of the classroom.

Problem Solving & Teambuilding Activities

  • Having the skills to work together as a group underpins most outdoor learning. This workshop will be experiential – you will take part in a range of activities and build a range of ideas that you can use, but also, crucially, look at how you might facilitate the team development process and build up a tool bag that will enable you to build an awareness of team dynamics and how to intervene....or not....appropriately at the right time.

Developing fieldwork - literacy and numeracy as well as geography

  • This session will look at how understanding and interacting with a map can be used to cover far more than just geography. We will examine how you can use your school grounds as a resource for literacy and numeracy and also think about practical management strategies when outside the classroom. The workshop will be fully interactive.

Foraging, Fires and Outdoor Cooking

  • This session will enable us to look at concepts such as risk versus benefit, and show you how to use a fire as a safe part of your outdoor learning programme.
  • We will break down the stages of fire lighting into a progressive set of skills then experiment with a variety of fire based activities, discussing their value, appropriateness and management.

An Introduction to the Environmental Learning Cards – a resource for schools from the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel

  • These cards provide a practical and easy to follow series of activities that are designed to engage young people in environmental learning across a variety of curricular areas - around or close to the school. We will examine a selection of the 26 cards, try out and evaluate the activities, and think about how and when you might use them as well as how you might manage your group whilst doing so.

Next Steps

  • Taking the learning from the workshops and applying it back in school - what to do next!

The Presenters

  • Dave Harvey is the current chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, and is Head of residential provision at the Brathay Trust. Over the past 20 years he has worked with a wide variety of groups, from Year 2 to adult, and delivered INSET across a range of outdoor learning subjects.
  • Tim Deighton is a teacher and youth worker who has been working with groups in the outdoors for most of his professional career. He is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Institute for Outdoor Learning Northern Region and as such, he initiated the Enabling Outdoor Learning programme, being passionate about children playing and learning outside.

Tim and Dave have over the last 4 years delivered nearly 40 successful INSET days all around the country.



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