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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

Scotland education offering more Outdoor Learning following pandemic
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Scotland education offering more Outdoor Learning following pandemic

...according to a new report published by Education Scotland.

Schools and education settings across Scotland are increasingly using outdoor learning in their lessons, according to a new report published by Education Scotland.

The findings are part of a new national thematic inspection report published by Scotland’s HM Inspectors of Education that highlights the features of effective practice in outdoor learning.

HM Inspectors visited schools and other education settings between November and December 2021 to evaluate how well outdoor learning is embedded in Scotland’s curriculum.

Gayle Gorman, Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland said: "Scotland has a long history of engaging children and young people with the outdoors and our curriculum continues to place value on outdoor learning. It provides a relaxed setting for learners and offers lots of learning possibilities.

"During our visits to education settings, we found many strong examples of outdoor learning. Staff are rising to the challenges of the pandemic and employing new and creative ways to engage learners using the outdoors. In doing so, many staff are learning new skills and developing new partnerships.

"We know children and young people enjoy first-hand experience outdoors, whether within the school grounds, in urban green spaces, in Scotland’s countryside or in other environments."

The report focuses on sharing the key features which, when taken together, make the greatest difference to learning outdoors to improve learning and teaching and in turn, outcomes for children and young people.

Janie McManus, Strategic Director for Scrutiny at Education Scotland, continued: "We have found that circumstances arising from this pandemic have accelerated the breadth and depth of outdoor learning across sectors.

"Those working in education are continuing to maximise the potential of the outdoors to enhance children’s and young people’s learning experiences. As a result, outdoor learning is increasingly becoming an embedded feature of our learners’ everyday experience."

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