At the October 2016 National Conference Institute members considered the next steps in delivering the IOL vision of ‘Outdoor learning as a highly valued form of development, education and employment in UK society’. Both the conference and an earlier meeting of the Institute’s Steering Group agreed that Institute’s Executive should work towards the establishment of a Chartered Body for Outdoor Learning as key element of delivering the vision. This commitment was made in the context of an evolving outdoor learning community that has developed both its impact and its diversity in recent years. There is much to be celebrated in this evolution including increased participation in outdoor learning, an improving evidence base and development of standards and qualifications. Whilst the growth of sector is to be welcomed there is a need for its range of offers to society to be better valued and for those offers to be more readily understood and accessed.
In creating a Chartered Body for the sector we are seeking to drive join-up and harness the combined resources and impact of the sector; develop clarity and recognition of value for those not based in our outdoor learning community; increase the influence we bring to bear on governments and policy makers and crucially to attract and retain talented people working in the outdoor learning community.
If you think you may have a role to play in developing a Charter Body in the outdoor learning sector please contact us