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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

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

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Levelling up: what does it mean for the outdoor learning sector?
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Levelling up: what does it mean for the outdoor learning sector?

New blog post by Dave Harvey

As part of its 'Levelling Up' strategy the UK Government has recently released several policy and consultation papers focusing on education, sustainability and climate change, youth work and special educational needs.

In this blog, Dave Harvey provides an overview of the papers as they relate to the outdoor learning sector and questions whether the outlined strategies will tackle the inequalities that inhibit fair and equal access.

Topics in the blog:

- We need to begin to tackle the inequalities that inhibit fair and equal access to the outdoors.

- Levelling Up seeks to address inequality but access to green spaces either in school or the immediate vicinity is unequal, meaning that provision will also be unequal.

- The Levelling Up strategy appears to be supportive of outdoor learning, yet its non-statutory position in the education framework means that the sector will continue to need to prove its worth to potential customers, funders and policy makers.

- Specific outdoor learning related opportunities do exist, but there is a strong need for a more coherent, cross-government approach to the outdoors for learning and recreation.


Read Dave's blog here

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Chair  -  Bryn Beach - Email Bryn

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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