With the forthcoming Scottish elections fast approaching the Field Studies Council has joined a host of other organisations in calling for greater support for outdoor learning in our schools.
As the benefits of outdoor learning are increasingly recognised, and with the clear need for good cross curricular learning, high quality ‘sustainability’ teaching and effective programmes which close the attainment gap (all of which can be effectively supported by high quality outdoor learning experiences) it is really positive to see the profile of outdoor learning being maintained and raised in Scotland. If we want to make these valuable and high quality outdoor learning experiences available to more of our children, including those from the most deprived backgrounds there are 5 key ‘asks’ outlined in the paper Outdoor Learning 2016 – Call to action.
The document was put together by the Real World learning Partnership in Scotland and signatories include:
Carol Evans, Director, Woodland Trust Scotland
Juliet Robertson, Director, Creative STAR Learning Co
Laura Curtis Moss, Education Officer, Scotland RSPB
Brian Morrell, WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre Manager, WWT
Julie Wilson, Keep Scotland Beautiful
Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland
Martin Davidson, Scottish Director, The Outward Bound Trust
Daniel Moncrieff, Head of FSC Scotland, Field Studies Council
Alison Motion, GfL Scotland Director, Grounds for Learning
Rob Bushby, John Muir Award Manager, John Muir Award
Please support the campaign by raising the issue with your local politicians and sharing the document with others.