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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.


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Outdoor Learning within Education - Covid-19 Impact Report IV
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Outdoor Learning within Education - Covid-19 Impact Report IV

The aim of this Survey is to show the breadth of Outdoor Learning activities being access by schools and colleges while still working within the constraints of Covid 19.

Report Summary

Over 75% of schools and providers have been using a new or adapted approach to outdoor learning provision

• Children and young people are particularly reliant on schools to benefit from outdoor learning with 73% of provision accessed through schools

• Outdoor Learning is particularly valued by those working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. 

With government backing in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Outdoor Learning can continue to make a difference to jobs, businesses and children’s and

adult’s education, mental health and active lifestyles.


The pandemic and the outdoor learning sector’s response has revealed the level of commitment and innovation amongst the provider base. 

The Institute recommends :

1. Immediate targeted use of outdoor learning models as catalysts in the Covid19 recovery activity for children and young people

2. A continued development of understanding of the many developmental roles outdoor learning plays for children and young people during their school age years

3. More structured development & training of teachers, school leadership & youth workers to enable better use of outdoor learning through their own staff and contracted in providers

4. Continued development of the integration of a range of outdoor learning to deliver curriculum drawing on the experience of other nations

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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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