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Outdoor Learning in Wales

Wales is divided into three regions, each of which includes a National Park and one of the three Welsh Outdoor Charter Groups. (These are grass roots movements set up by local practitioners to help them look after their ‘office’ and are open to any practitioner operating within Wales). North Wales (the Heart of Adventure) stretches from northernmost Anglesey to the southern boundary of the rugged Snowdonia National Park; from the wild western coast of the Llyn peninsula to the English border and includes Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and northern Powys. This area has given rise to the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. South-West Wales includes Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and of course Pembrokeshire with its glorious Coastal National Park (the only one in the UK) which is looked after by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group. South-East Wales covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Bridgend and southern Powys and includes the beautiful silent reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Practitioners here and from further west set up the South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group. Wales has a long tradition of providing Outdoor Learning for people of all ages and abilities. Providers here have a strong commitment to sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural) and inclusivity. They also celebrate the opportunities that a vibrant Welsh culture offers to all.

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

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Senedd Cymru voted on a proposal to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career
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Senedd Cymru voted on a proposal to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career

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Making an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person in Wales at least once in their school career

On 26th October Senedd Cymru (the Welsh parliament) voted on a proposal for a member’s bill to make an outdoor education residential mandatory for every child and young person at least once in their school career, funded by the Welsh Government. It was fantastic to see our nation’s elected representatives debating the benefits of outdoor education with even the voices against the proposal still acknowledging the benefits. This was not one question answered with a written statement, but a full hour debate with many members of the Senedd speaking (it’s available to watch online, see link below).


It was clear from the education minister’s answering statement and the Labour members who spoke, that the Welsh Government would oppose the proposal, but in an almost unprecedented occurrence, the rest of the Senedd united to support the proposal and it passed by one vote. This now allows the member who put forward the motion, Sam Rowlands, MS for North Wales, to work with Senedd researchers and staff to develop the proposal into a full bill, to be read and then voted on by the Senedd in around 12 month’s time.


There is clearly a lot of work ahead, but with the media coverage of the vote and the support from so many diverse organisations involved in outdoor learning across Wales, outdoor learning is firmly in the public eye, with an amazing opportunity in front of us. Finally, a note of thanks must go to the individuals and organisations involved in supporting Sam and his team in developing both the proposal and the data to support the debate. In particular the support of the Outdoor Alliance Wales, OEAP Cymru and AHOEC must be acknowledged, and highlighted as a demonstration of the possibilities when we work together as a united sector with one voice.

Web link to the debate:


There is menu on the right of the screen to skip to the OEd Bill debate.



BBC Radio 4 Any Questions?

And, in case you missed it, here is the link to the BBC Radio 4 Any Questions? recent podcast, held at FSC Rhyd-y- creuau.

Al Cook raised the question about the Panel’s views on the English governments following both the Welsh and Scottish governments in relation to their support for Residential Education….its the last question!

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Wales Committee

Wales Co-ordinator - Craig Armiger

North Wales Chair - Jenny Wilson and Graham French (Joint)

South Wales - Tom Partridge

Mid Wales - Nick Winder

South West Wales Chair - Sam Swift

South East Wales Chair - Craig Armiger

Wales Treasurer - Sheryl Confue

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru

Iolo Williams - IOL Ambassador for Cymru


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