Ministers’ of state come and go and those with a portfolio for education and training are no different. There are obviously many challenges associated with frequent change of leadership in this way. A significant one for those of us seeking a change to the value placed on outdoor learning is the emphasis and terminology associated with some of the key outcomes of high quality outdoor learning.
The increasing focus on ‘character education’ driven by the previous administration appears to be gently fading....or is it? My experience at a recent forum in Westminster was that though terminology and emphasis may have shifted the desired outcomes remain the same. It is those desired outcomes of higher levels of educational engagement and attainment, increased employability, commitment to a role in wider society and responsibility for the environment we live in, that also remain key outcomes from well designed and facilitated outdoor learning activity.