Best practice on using the outdoors for lessons


Best practice on using the outdoors for lessons

Outdoor education should be an entitlement within the National Curriculum. If you work in outdoor education I'd welcome your experience on overcoming the barriers that currently prevent outdoor learning being used more widely in schools

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How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

Overcoming the identified barriers to outdoor education

What makes it difficult for schools and teachers to deliver outdoor learning? Well according to the research I commissioned, the biggest barrier was concern about health and safety, followed by a…Continue

Started by Charley May May 20, 2010.

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Comment by Juliet Robertson on November 5, 2011 at 12:16pm

Two new resources published for Outdoor Learning


1) Building your Curriculum: Outside and In


As an active and productive pedagogy, outdoor learning is an integral part of good practice within learning and teaching. Planning for regular, frequent learning outdoors ensures that progressive and sustainable outdoor learning opportunities are embedded in the curriculum and that they form a central part of the vision and ethos of the school or centre.

Building your Curriculum: Outside and In supports a strategic approach to the development of outdoor learning and provides a framework and process for collaborative planning and review.


2) Outdoor Learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland


This resource provides practical, accessible and straightforward advice on how to engage children and young people with learning outdoors. It incorporates ideas for organising learning in the outdoors, for making connections across the curriculum and for planning within curriculum areas. It also includes a CPD framework and supporting materials.


Feedback welcomed - I headed up the team of writers and did the bulk of the writing and editing.

Comment by Yeshi on May 11, 2011 at 7:32pm

Hi Charley,


I did not know you where from Australia.  Where abouts are you? Glad you have joined the Australian Network.



Comment by Charley May on May 11, 2011 at 4:24pm

Hi Yeshi,

Thanks for commenting on the group.

I've recently returned to Australia so I'm still getting up to speed with the OE situation here. However one of my friends here, that worked in OE for a long time echos your comments.

Glad you like the photo but unfortunately you can't borrow it. The copyright is held by the Countryside Alliance Foundation, which I no longer work for. If you wanted to borrow it you would have to get in contact with them for permission.

Thanks again for getting in touch.

Best of luck with everything.


Charley May

Comment by Yeshi on May 11, 2011 at 4:01am


The situation is very similar here in Australia. State or Public schools in particular miss out on outdoor education . The private denominational schools have particularly good programs in Outdoor Education including the Duke of Ed programs.

 Love your photo of the children stepping out. Where did you get it? May I borrow it? Yeshi


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