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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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Education Secretary: “Character and resilience are key to social mobility” - 2019

Character panel announced to explore best ways for young people to build character and resilience. Having a go at new activities and learning from failure will boost children’s character and resilience, the Education Secretary has said today. A new advisory group of experts in character education has been set up to look at how best to support schools to run more activities, which will help build character and resilience.

The 5 foundations for building character encompass an extensive list of activities, which help young people build character. They are:

  • Sport – which includes competitive sport and other activities, such as running, martial arts, swimming and purposeful recreational activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, orienteering, gym programmes, yoga or learning to ride a bike.

  • Creativity – this involves all creative activities from coding, arts and crafts, writing, graphic design, film making and music composition.

  • Performing – activities could include dance, theatre and drama, musical performance, choir, debating or public speaking.

  • Volunteering & Membership – brings together teams, practical action in the service of others or groups, such as volunteering, getting involved in the #iwill campaign, litter-picking, fundraising, any structured youth programmes or uniformed groups like Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Cadets and Duke of Edinburgh.

  • World of work – practical experience of the world of work, work experience or entrepreneurship. For primary age children, this may involve opportunities to meet role models from different jobs.

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