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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

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

These two reports can be downloaded below....

Outdoor Learning COVID-19 Impact Survey III The Effects on Residential Outdoor Learning Providers

Reporting context

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across all areas of an Outdoor Learning sector that provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy.The first and second COVID-19 Impact Surveys for the sector estimated lost revenue of £275M until mid 2021, and each day over 70,000 under 18s and 20,000 over 18s have been missing out on valuable outdoor learning experiences. This survey has been specifically requested by the DfE to provide informed evidence about the immediate and future support requirements of the varied domestic residential outdoor learning business models in the UK. We recognise that whilst education is a devolved issue for Home Nations, ownership or responsibility for outdoor learning organisations and their education services can be UK wide. The findings of this survey are essential in supporting support our sector dialogue with UK Gov and the work streams with DfE & STSSG.

A demand report from the School Travel Sector Stakeholder Group

An overview of the latent demand for school residential visits

In order to gain a rapid understanding of the latent demand in schools for residential visits a single question was circulated by Outdoor Education Advisers across England to schools:

"If guidance and health & safety considerations allow, when would you/your school expect to run your next residential visit?"

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