As evidence continues to build about the mental health benefits of outdoor learning, and calls continue for schools to be assessed on the wellbeing of their pupils as well as their results, we brin…
As our colleagues at Natural England join together with leaders in the health sector to discuss mental health,dementia and the natural environment, we bring you this guest post looking at mental he…
The ‘Outdoors Indoors’ and Making Gains: the impact of outdoor residential experiences on students’ examination grades and confidence
This week’s blog comes to us from Dr Carol Fuller. Carol is a sociologist and associate professor at Reading university. She works closely with Fiona Craig and colleagues at Ufton Court Adven…
Today we re-blog an article from Jim Burt, Principal Adviser for Outdoor Learning in Natural England, published here. As the school year draws to a close, children rush out into parks and gardens a…
Report to Shakespeare Primary School on the Natural Connections case-study visit on 24th April 2015
We would like to extend our grateful thanks to staff and pupils at Shakespeare Primary School for making us so welcome and giving us an informative, interesting and enjoyable day. This document is a summary of the day’s findings.
During the day, we spoke to:
- the headteacher
- six teachers and a trainee teacher / volunteer
- three groups of children
The purpose of our visit was to understand the extent and the range of learning outside the classroom in the natural environment (LINE) activities and their impact on staff and students. Our findings are set out below.
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On 10th May Children and Young People Now Magazine published a Special Report on Outdoor Learning, including sections on evidence, policy and a range of case studies. Here we bring you an extract,…
On 10th May Children and Young People Now Magazine published a Special Report on Outdoor Learning, including sections on evidence, policy and a range of case studies.
Here we bring you an extract, will full references, by Jim Burt, Natural England’s Principal Adviser for Outdoor Learning and Outdoors for All.
Outdoor Learning – improving outcomes for our children
Competing pressures mean that opportunities for children and young people to value and enjoy nature and the environment are under threat. Over the past 20 years evidence suggests that the area that children explore and play around their homes has reduced by upto 90% . Last year 1.3 million (12%) children across England never visited the natural environment .
These trends are undoubtedly contributing to major challenges facing society today – including the rise in childhood obesity and mental health issues and the struggle to build a sense of place…
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This was the mandate of our founder, Miss Mitchell. As I’ve recently noted, this was not a suggestion, but an imperative. Over the course of this year we have responded to Miss Mitchell’s command i…