Excellence & Attainment Through Outdoor Education

Outdoor education can have a significant positive impact on the learning of children and young people. At this event, we will examine the potential of outdoor education to raise attainment, how to overcome barriers to provision and share good practice.

Learning beyond the classroom

Outdoor learning experiences have long been known to develop the personal and social skills of children and young people. They help to create confident learners – an ambition that lies at the very heart of Curriculum for Excellence.

There is also increasing evidence that the potential of outdoor education is far greater. It can be linked to all aspects of the school curriculum - from STEM subjects to the social sciences – to boost attainment as well as raise awareness of key issues including sustainability and the environment.

Scotland is recognised as an emerging leader in progressive outdoor learning experiences, however their use is not widespread – so how can we ensure all pupils benefit?

Join Holyrood as we scrutinise the place of outdoor education in Curriculum for Excellence, share innovative approaches to including outdoor teaching at your institution and good practice in ensuring pupils get the most from the experience.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The evidence-base behind the benefits of outdoor education
  • Outdoor education and the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Overcoming barriers to delivering outdoor education in all environments
  • Linking outdoor learning to core subjects
  • Innovative approaches to delivering outdoor education for all learners

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Theresa Casey, Theresa Casey Consultancy

10:05 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • The evidence-base behind the benefits of outdoor education
  • Outdoor education, attainment and the Curriculum for Excellence

10:05 Outdoor Learning, Evidence and Attainment

This talk will outline evidence relating to outdoor learning and a) its provision in Scotland, b) its cognitive, affective, and physical/health outcomes, and c) its relationship with academic attainment.

Dr Simon Beames, Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Learning, Moray House of Education

10:35 Questions and Roundtable Discussion

11:15 Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Priorities for Delivery

  • Overcoming barriers to delivering outdoor education in all environments
  • Linking outdoor learning to core subjects
  • Balancing the potential risks of outdoor learning with reward

11:45 Raising Attainment and Reducing Inequality Through Outdoor Play-based Learning

Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland

12:10 Natalie White, Outdoor Learning Development Officer, East Ayrshire Council

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Innovative approaches to delivering outdoor education for all learners
  • Optimising on the benefits of outdoor experiences
  • The potential of outdoor learning in practice

13:30 Equity and Excellence for the Outdoor Sector

  • Equity and Excellence… some thoughts from the Outward Bound model: partnership working; the OB pedagogy; supporting access for financially disadvantaged young people; evidence led improving practice
  • Case study… The Outward Bound Trust’s strategic partnership with SkillForce and Dundee City Council

Martin Davidson, Director - Scotland & Innovation,The Outward Bound Trust

14:00 Outdoor Learning & the Scouts

  • Commissioning for outcomes
  • Partnership working – simple examples of good practice
  • Outdoor Learning & Outdoor Pursuits

Graeme Young, Head of National Activity Centres, Scouts Scotland

14:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

 

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
 
Dates
24 January 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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