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Outdoor Learning in the North East

The North East region covers from Berwick on the border of Scotland, to the west with the border of Cumbria, through the beautiful undeveloped landscape of high moorland in Northumberland featuring its many castles and 64 miles of long distance paths bordering the coastline of the North Sea. Dropping down from the North through Newcastle and County Durham into York and ending at Hull with its Maritime history. Whether urban or rural you are never too far from the countryside or coast.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.


North East Regional Events

North East Regional News

Outdoor Learning COVID-19 Impact Survey III The Effects on Residential Outdoor Learning Providers

Outdoor Learning COVID-19 Impact Survey III The Effects on Residential Outdoor Learning Providers

These two reports can be downloaded below....

Outdoor Learning COVID-19 Impact Survey III The Effects on Residential Outdoor Learning Providers

Reporting context

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across all areas of an Outdoor Learning sector that provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy.The first and second COVID-19 Impact Surveys for the sector estimated lost revenue of £275M until mid 2021, and each day over 70,000 under 18s and 20,000 over 18s have been missing out on valuable outdoor learning experiences. This survey has been specifically requested by the DfE to provide informed evidence about the immediate and future support requirements of the varied domestic residential outdoor learning business models in the UK. We recognise that whilst education is a devolved issue for Home Nations, ownership or responsibility for outdoor learning organisations and their education services can be UK wide. The findings of this survey are essential in supporting support our sector dialogue with UK Gov and the work streams with DfE & STSSG.

A demand report from the School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group

An overview of the latent demand for school residential visits

In order to gain a rapid understanding of the latent demand in schools for residential visits a single question was circulated by Outdoor Education Advisers across England to schools:

"If guidance and health & safety considerations allow, when would you/your school expect to run your next residential visit?"

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North East Committee

Contact IOL North East

Committee: Nigel Horne, Dave Shields, Joanne Appleby, Dave Hopwood, Morgan Lax

Go to the North East Facebook page for pictures, videos, reports and updates.


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