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IOL Statements of Good Practice

IOL Policies and Good Practice

One of the missions of the Institute for Outdoor Learning is to recognise and improve the quality of outdoor learning in the UK. IOL Statements of Good Practice describe key principles, resources and expectations of outdoor learning professionals in a particular subject area.


IOL Statements of Good Practice

IOL co-ordinates Statements of Good Practice where it is deemed beneficial to the sector as a whole, is something that is supported by and supportive of, our members and no other relevant guidance exists.


IOL Outdoor First Aid Training Statement


IOL Supporting LBGT Rights


Bushcraft Competency Certificate


Guidance for Outdoor Mental Health Interventions


IOL Statements of Good Practice In Development

The following Statements of Good Practice are currently in development. If you would like to find out more, or feel you have something to contribute to the evolving statement, get in touch with the IOL Professional Standards Manager.

  • Outdoor Learning Coaching
  • Woodland Education
  • Food Safety and Outdoor Cooking


IOL Code of Practice

The standards of behaviour agreed to and upheld by members of the Institute as they cultivate and promote the special values and importance of outdoor learning experiences.

  IOL Statements of Good Practice


Outdoor Learning Occupational Standards

Outdoor Learning Occupational Standards support career pathways and are the reference point for training and awarding organisations to align with the skills and knowledge and behaviours required by employers in a particular role.

  Outdoor Learning Occupational Standards

Governing Bodies of Sport

A National Governing Body (NGB in England, Northern Ireland and Wales) and Scottish Governing Body (SGB) governs and administers a sport on a national basis - including the setting of standards of instructor/coach training and scope of practice.

  Training & Education Guide



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