Outdoor learning can improve a child’s attainment, health and well-being. Groundwork’s Stacey Aplin looks at what support is out there to help get schools teaching outside.

Allowing the stage to bring Shakespeare to life

Theatre trips offer far more than a day out of school. Georghia Ellinas, head of learning at Globe Education, explains why the study of the Bard should be both accessible and exciting, and how it can benefit what is taught in the classroom.

Educational trips can broaden students’ horizons. Jane Cooper, of the Countryside Education Trust in the New Forest, regularly witnesses how school trips can connect people with the countryside. Having hosted thousands of school visits over the last 40 years, she shares her experiences.

Following events such as the Paris terror attacks last November, Gill Harvey, general manager of the School Travel Forum, offers advice to teachers and school trip organisers dealing with Foreign Office travel restrictions

With more and more schools looking to take learning outside of the classroom, Dave Harvey of the Brathay Trust looks at how residential centres help schools to develop the ‘whole child’.

Outdoor Learning

When thinking about personal development and character education we must not be blind to the world outside the classroom walls, writes Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Dave Harvey writes about the key considerations and adaptations that need to be made when creating an outdoor learning experience for school children with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities that is exciting, challenging, enjoyable and rewarding

There is far more to play provision than just equipment. Neil Coleman, a Play England trustee, analyses all the factors that when put together can promote children’s health, behaviour and personal development

Melanoma is one of the most prominent cancers among young children in the UK. The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code tackles the issue of sun safety and advises on how to sun protect children more effectively and ensure healthy habits are developed from a young age. Michelle Baker comments on the programme

Residentials have a number of positive impacts for students, such as deepening relationships between students and staff, and boosting confidence. Peter Carne from Learning Away
shares how to plan, design and deliver a memorable residential trip

The design of any new playground or outdoor space must reflect the diversity of its pupils’ abilities and include equipment that not only stimulates physical activity but provides high-value
sensory experiences too. Michael Hoenigmann, chair of the Association of Play Industries, explains how to achieve this

Making the most of the outdoors both in and out of the school grounds can enhance learning and build character. David Harvey, national chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, explains how to make it happen

Michael Hoenigmann, chair of the Association of Play Industries, comments on why schools have such an important role in changing the dynamics of physical inactivity, and how active play can help

Is learning outside the classroom part of your strategy to improve the quality of teaching at your establishment? If not, it should be, writes Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

With outdoor play increasingly recognised as a factor in a healthy and happy childhood, Michael Hoenigmann of the Association of Play Industries comments on how schools
can make a difference