Survey about outdoor providers working in education

The institute for Outdoor Learning have made the following request. Whilst the results of this survey will be directed to the Education Recovery Commissioner and DfE (Westminster), they will certainly have relevance to our cause here in Wales so it would be great if SWOAPG members could complete the survey where appropriate.

I wonder if you would be interested in supporting our Survey. We are trying to gauge the capacity of the Outdoor Learning Sector to report to Kevan Collins Education Recovery Commissioner and DfE (who we are already in contact with about Outdoor Centre Residential provision). Then we can offer Outdoor Learning as an option for attainment recovery. 

“This short survey will help us capture the range of outdoor learning opportunities provided that have been supporting those in education during the pandemic

“Throughout the past year, despite the guidance against residential outdoor education visits, many outdoor learning professionals have continued to work with pupils and students either as part of school/campus based or off-site teaching and learning. As we all look towards the future and UK governments consider their responses to close the attainment gap, it is critical the sector can promote and share the breadth of our capability and the value of outdoor learning experiences.

“Please take a look at the survey here

“As a supporter of the survey IOL would add your logo under a statement (final version to be confirmed) but along the lines of…We believe Outdoor Learning should be part of the Educational Recover Plans as research has shown that it can increase attainment, improve mental health and physical wellbeing , gives children the abilities to care for nature and each other. In the longer term Outdoor Learning should be a regular and integral part of the curriculum.”

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