Born Outdoors

The Outdoor Council is to launch ‘Born Outdoors’ – a new campaign to pull together the adventure learning and outdoor sector with a focus on building outdoor learning programmes around every child.  The campaign’s aims are to; “ensure that the 750,000 four-year olds entering reception classes in September 2022 will be guaranteed high quality outdoor learning…

The NUS campaign on Plastics

Here’s an update from the NUS on its campaigns around plastics: Over 40 students’ unions (SUs) have got rid of plastic straws through The Last Straw That has also led to Trinity Saint David’s SU becoming our first plastic-free bar! Reading SU has passed policy to apply a plastic tax on straws, which has delivered…

May 21 News round up

Walk to School week starts today.  Every year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school.  In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring.   Countryside Classroom says you can follow…

The latest from Natural England

Here’s the latest round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and practice in these…

ASE Best practice guides

NAEE’s two recent curriculum guides can now both be found in the ASE’s best practice advice to schools.  Getting access to them is tricky as ASE has made it complicated.  It’s best just to click on this: best practice environment & sustainability. This is how the guide begins: Since the 1970s public awareness of, and concern for,…

May 14 News Round up

Click here to find out what’s happening at Slimbridge over the coming weeks.  There are lots of educational activities.   This year, the International Day for Biological Diversity is May 22nd.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” which marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and was chosen…

OECD update

This is a link to the latest OECD newsletter.  It contains Country reviews, including of Vocational Education and Training Apprenticeships in England   PISA in Focus   How has Internet use changed between 2012 and 2015? Education Indicators in Focus   How is depression related to education? Teaching in Focus   What does innovation in pedagogy look like? OECD Education Working…

Spike’s Best Nest

This is a brilliant big book to read to children outside.  A lucky charity shop find has become a book that I’ve used in various places for many different themes.  These have included reading it in a reception classroom followed by independent work making nest collages for Spike to sit in; and as part of…

May 8 News Round up

The latest Think Global newsletter contains features on: New data legislation       Education resources       Global Educator of the Year 2018 Fashion Revolution Week     TrustLaw and Think Global webinar   The Wildlife Trusts are running wild again in June and encouraging everyone to join in.  They say: Can you do something wild every day throughout…