Why and how should you embed Outdoor Learning in your school?

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” Sir David Attenborough CBE

Outdoor Learning is proven to raise attainment, improve behaviour and motivate and engage children in their learning as well as playing an important role in staff well-being, motivation and pupil relationships. EKO can support you by informing Governors and the SMT of the benefits and getting them fully on board as well as engaging staff and parents through CPD and family focussed sessions. We offer outdoor learning sessions and experiences for both staff and pupils, either together or independently, that support their curriculum and planning well, building on knowledge and skills gained during previous experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. EKO aims to help your pupils make outstanding progress in their learning and life skills and your staff to become more confident and skilled in making and applying outdoor learning curriculum links to their own planning.

To successfully embed Outdoor Learning (OL) into the everyday life of your school it is vital to clarify strategic directions and provide vision and leadership for your staff:
It is essential that it is:
• included in School Policy
• underpinned in School Development Plan
• supported by CPD for the whole staff team
• communicated effectively to the governors and parents in order to mobilise support

Training one member of staff to become a Level 3 Forest School Leader can cost in excess of £1000 with course fees, outdoor first aid and staff cover costs. For much less than this EKO can inform, engage and upskill your entire staff team ensuring that OL is imbedded across all learning.

We can come to your school and run a session as part of an INSET day or why not treat your staff to an inspiring day in the magnificent setting of Weston Park. Make the curriculum come alive in the stunning gardens, wild woodland and extensive park and staff can choose between a delicious lunch cooked over the campfire (at £5 per head) or a meal in The Granary restaurant. You could even offer a tour of the house as an optional extra as well.

Twilight/Half Day Outdoor Learning CPD Session on your school site with 1 EKO Leader: £150 (plus mileage)

Full Day Outdoor Learning CPD Session on your school site with 1 EKO Leader: £250 (plus mileage)

Outdoor Learning CPD Day at Weston Park with 1 EKO Leader:  £300

“As a school we really wanted to develop the opportunities we give our children through outdoor learning activities. EKO have greatly supported us to enable this to happen. They have provided CPD tailored to our needs, support and advice and useful resources. EKOs personalised approach has empowered and prepared all our staff to embrace outdoor learning resulting in children having fun outside, developing confidence and embedding the learning they are doing in the classroom. I thoroughly recommend EKO CPD support. “
Sandra Lamond, Headteacher, St Mary and St Chad CE (VC) First School, Brewood, November 2018

As the lead for outdoor learning it has been invaluable working with EKO to set up our own provision of learning outdoors. Rachel’s experience as a school teacher, coupled with her skills and training in forest schools, has meant she has been able to help us as non-forest school trained staff to develop an enriching outdoor curriculum for our children. EKO has helped to guide us through the steps to set up and run a session safely while embracing the forest school ethos. Through CPD sessions for staff and team-teaching lessons EKO has begun to give teaching staff more confidence in how to deliver outdoor learning sessions.
Jo Scotton, Outdoor Learning Lead Teacher, St Mary and St Chad CE (VC) First School Brewood, November 20