"We are not convinced that initial teacher training does a good enough job in terms of giving trainee teachers the confidence they need to take their pupils out of the classroom." - House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, 2005.
Our tailored activity days and residential trips for Education or PGCE students and teaching staff are designed to facilitate and broaden direct experience of bringing classroom teaching outdoors.
What's it all about?
Outdoor learning and residential experiences can produce powerful outcomes for children and young people. These include fostering deeper relationships with their teachers and fellow pupils, improving pupils' resilience, self-confidence and well being, and increasing pupil engagement with learning.
Despite these outcomes, teachers are not provided with the skills and knowledge to confidently take learning into the outdoors. To help with this, we offer a Teacher Training programme aimed towards Education or PGCE students, and a Outdoor Learning CPD programme designed for qualified teachers and school staff.
What can your expect to learn?
We support trainee teachers and qualified teachers in overcoming the barriers to teaching and learning in natural environments. This is achieved by developing teachers' confidence, competence and self-efficacy for delivery high quality lessons in the outdoors.
The Teacher Training and Outdoor Learning CPD programmes include the following outcomes:
Understanding the potential risks of outdoor learning and how those risks can be mitigated effectively
Exploring how the National Curriculum can be successfully linked to learning outdoors, including ideas for activities and lessons
Designing and experiencing practical learning activities
Successfully identifying the desired outcomes of an outdoor learning session and how to measure its impact
What are the length of the programmes?
Our Teacher Training programme designed for Education or PGCE students can be delivered in 1 - 2 full days, with an optional overnight and catering.
Our Outdoor Learning CPD programme is 2 days in length, with an overnight stay and catering, and run on specific dates within the academic year. The programme delivers 12 hours of CPD, and all participants will receive an Outdoor Learning CPD certificate as evidence.
Read about our Teacher Training day with the Education Studies Students at De Montfort University, in Leicester. The undergraduate students travelled to Derbyshire for an immersive outdoor learning experience, designed to provide the students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take groups of children or young people on outdoor-based school trips.
If you would like more information on our Teacher Training or Outdoor Learning CPD programmes, please give us a call: 01629 823 702.