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Outdoor Learning in Wessex

The Wessex region is full of character with landscape of open downland, plain and scarp, wooded plateaus, high chalk plains, vales, river valleys, and lowland mosaic and a Jurassic Coast world heritage site. The unique geography and geology of the region is home to a wide array of providers including, commercial residential centres, adventure challenge courses, educational establishments delivering bespoke outdoor courses, voluntary organisations, clubs and individual practitioners who deliver a diverse range of high quality outdoor learning opportunities.

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

Wessex Regional Events

Wessex Regional News

Online Learning in Outdoor First Aid Training

Online Learning in Outdoor First Aid Training

The COVID-19 Pandemic has seen a wider shift to a range of online learning opportunities including webinars, podcasts, presentations, virtual, and live training courses. There has been a growing interest in the inclusion of a proportion of blended learning for Outdoor First Aid training.
 

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

A demand report from the School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group and the report from the very recent survey by UKOutdoors of the outdoor residential provider base.  This latter survey’s findings are consistent with an earlier survey by School Travel Forum and Expedition Provider Association confirming that the challenges describe extend across all forms of residential school visits.

The surveys were sent to the DfE on December 17th.

 

Covid: More teachers turn to outdoor classes - BBC Wales report

Covid: More teachers turn to outdoor classes - BBC Wales report

The number of teachers being trained to educate children outdoors has gone "through the roof" because of Covid-19, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has said.

About 450 teachers have enrolled on its outdoor learning courses in the last two months - compared to 350 for the whole of last year.

The courses recently re-started following Covid restrictions. They are delivered via Zoom and encourage teachers to use nature to help teach key subjects. Educating pupils in nature "releases stress of masks and social distancing," say teachers

The rise follows a warning by the Institute for Outdoor Learning that a lack of school trips during the pandemic has cost the outdoor education sector £500m and caused the loss of 6,000 jobs.

Read more... and see the excellent BBC video (well worth sharing)

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

 

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