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Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning

 

The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.

 

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An Unequal Playing Field: Extra-Curricular Activities, Soft Skills and Social Mobility

This report considers the significance of extra-curricular activities within contemporary debates around social mobility. It focuses on secondary aged school children and assesses available evidence on the possible impact of extracurricular activities across a range of outcomes as well as current gaps in opportunities to participate in different activities. These questions are considered in the context of broader debates around the importance of soft skills within the UK labour market.

Research Questions

  1. How do levels of extra-curricular participation vary across different groups of young people?
  2. What might account for any differences in participation between different groups of young people?
  3. In what ways might extra-curricular participation, and engagement in particular types of activities, impact on young people?
  4. What sorts of soft skills do employers demand in contemporary labour markets?

 

Recommendations

  1. Introduction of a national extra-curricular bursary scheme.
  2. Provide funding to develop and extend third-sector initiatives that successfully facilitate access to extracurricular activities.
  3. A designated extra-curricular co-ordinator in every state school could help drive schoolbased provision.
  4. Improve data collection and carry out further research into the nature of soft skills developed and deployed across different settings.
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