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Share Your Experience


My experience of Professional Accreditation with IOL

Ed Sibson, LPIOL, Centre Manager at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Institute 0 1002 Article rating: 5.0

I have been engaged with IOL’s Professional Accreditation framework for ten years as an APIOL holder, coach and assessor as well as an RPIOL facilitator. I have experienced and seen the benefits of it on numerous occasions: widened horizons of instructors; improved reflective practice; values considered and better understood; enhanced awareness of the environment and celebrated successes to name a few.
LPIOL has been a journey I have aspired to for quite some time and the journey started with the IOL Leadership Workshop at Grafham Water Centre in 2011. This was one of my first opportunities to work alongside other leading practitioners, sharing knowledge and experience and learning about a range of leadership styles, techniques and strategies.

Personal impact of outdoor learning

Mark Leather, Senior Lecturer, Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning Faculty of Education and Social Science University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth

Institute 0 1211 Article rating: 5.0

My outdoor learning experiences have impacted me across the course of my life.
At a young age my connection with the sea was fostered by the hours, days and weeks I spent on the beach with my family, as well as the seemingly endless nights I spent "under canvas" during my years in the scouts.  My relationships with other people and with nature were firmly established in these informal times of outdoor learning.


Impact of Outdoor Learning

Louise Edwards, Manager at Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development, AHOEC Chair

Institute 0 1578 Article rating: 5.0

I struggled to fit in at secondary school. I was weird, loud, unconventional and didn't really have 'a place' in terms  friendship groups and the social scene. What I now know is that I had very poor self-esteem and a lack of confidence in social scenarios.... 



Impact of Outdoor Learning

Dave Harvey, Head of Residential Provision at Brathay Trust, Ambleside

Institute 0 1319 Article rating: 5.0

One of my key outdoor learning experiences didn't happen outside. I fact, it was in the theatre and I was 8 years old, taken to see Chris Bonnington lecturing about his Everest south west face expedition. I can remember the pictures of the mountains, the snow and climbers and thinking, wow, I want to do that. As we weren't a family that did outdoor pursuits, it wasn't until I got the chance to do my bronze Duke of Edinburgh's award that this dream started to be realised.

Impact of Outdoor Learning

Dave Scourfield - Outdoor Education Advisers Panel (OEAP) Chair

Institute 0 1557 Article rating: 5.0

The Tables Turned

We cannot teach young people to respect and love the natural environment from afar. It is not a lesson in a classroom to be taught. We need to immerse our young people in the natural environment so that they feel it for themselves as the guardians of the natural world into the future. Or as Wordsworth would have it ‘Come forth into the light of things, Let nature be your teacher.’


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