The roll out of the new National Curriculum gives us a great opportunity to be creative with lesson planning and look at how we can engage learners through regular learning outside the classroom, writes Elaine Skates, acting chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Taking traditional subjects outdoors can provide a host of learning benefits, writes Alex Brooks-Johnson of Widehorizons

There is plentiful evidence that challenging play provides tangible developmental benefits to children of all ages, writes Colin MacAdam, vice chair of the Association of Play Industries (API)

Immersing children in nature can help stimulate pupils not engaged by classroom-based activity, and can bring the curriculum to life, writes Andy Robinson from the Institute for Outdoor Learning

Sarah Blackwell of Forest Schools Education discusses the need for schools to help children learn from the natural world and outlines an approach that goes beyond conventional one-day outings

The Association of Play Industries awaits the long-awaited evaluation of the £235m Play Pathfinders and Play Builders Programmes expected before the end of the year, its new chairman, Michael Hoenigmann, is ready to bang the drum for play at the highest levels and call for the recognition it deserves

Play is such an important part of childhood and growth, but outdoor space is increasingly at a premium, particularly for schools that need to accommodate more classroom space. Carolyn Place, an expert in play area design, looks at recent developments, and highlights the importance of the ‘risk’

A ‘can do’ culture that is supportive of learning outside the classroom can add the most value to enabling students to achieve well and thrive, says a recent Ofsted best practice report. Elaine Skates, deputy chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, explains how this can be achieved

Schools and academies up and down the country are raving about the positive effect the Duke of Edinburgh Award has on pupils and teachers alike

Having recently welcomed its 750,000th educational visitor, the Eden Project’s schools team is now embarking on a campaign to help outdoor learning become a central pillar of British education.

The one off ‘school trip’ to a theme park or activity centre at the end of the summer term is slowly becoming a thing of the past as more schools embrace an approach that makes the most of Learning Outside the Classroom throughout the year, across every subject and every age group, writes Amy Nathan, project development manager, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Elaine Skates, deputy chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom explains the relevance of LOtC in raising attainment and achieving an outstanding Ofsted.

One possible solution to the developing childhood obesity crisis is to use the educational power of play to give children a lighter, brighter future, writes the Association of Play Industries

We look at safety in the great outdoors, the classroom and public life, and explain risk and learning the consequences of judging and misjudging it

There are several accreditation badges activity centres can apply for to ensure safe outdoor learning. Brian Ogden, chair of the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee, explains

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