It’s devastating to know that over 500,000 young people are missing out on their first residential this year. And as much as parents across the globe have taken on the task of home schooling, it’s safe to say that outdoor learning is going to be a part of the recovery for children and young people as we move back to a more ‘normal’ way of life. In the meantime though, it’s important that we engage them with colourful ideas for planning future adventures, connect them with wildlife and excite them with endless possibilities to explore the world around them.
Time away from home with your peers – the power of the residential is something I have written on often. I credit residentials at Hindleap Warren with both turning my life around (dodgy kid) and introducing me to a lifelong love of the… Read More »
I love the National Trust. Kids ran riot in several of their properties over the summer (sorry). And I was struck by their inclusion in this pretty sensible list of money saving tips for children’s holiday adventures. Indeed, National Trust… Read More »
As we look at access to cultural capital – to nature, arts, heritage, sports and the broadest range of social and enrichment experiences – we know that many families stand on the periphery. While there are – reasonable and important… Read More »
Five-minute briefing on Hinds’ character consultation Damien Hinds (Secretary of State for Education) launches a consultation on character education In the consultation character is defined as: believing that you can achieve being able to stick with the task in hand… Read More »
An entitlement to enrichment and the extra-curricular underpins much of our work. The notion of ‘passports’ as a method of prompting and supporting a broad range of experiences is a familiar approach. London Challenge – held up as one of… Read More »
We are still unpacking into our new home. And have just got to the box of pictures to put on the walls. As we started to unwrap the bubble wrap new eyes saw something we hadn’t realised before. Every family… Read More »
At face value it has been an encouraging two months in policy terms for those of us interested in a rich and rounded curriculum. Much ‘good news’. The OFSTED ‘leak’ in last week’s Sunday Times (for leak read ‘testing the… Read More »
People seem to know that being outdoors is good. They ‘feel it’. And teachers who have embraced outdoor learning reflect back the impact on both academic success but also wider skills and child well-being. There is a growing body of… Read More »
Evidence shows that extra curricula activities make a difference for children and young people, but what happens when the extra-curricular is actually addressing gaps in the curriculum. One of the underpinning principles of Every Child Should is that those who need the skills and experiences of extra-curricular and enrichment activities are often those that have least access.
Part of our work over 2018 is looking at the importance of outdoor learning and connections to nature for every child. Our own personal experiences as lovers of adventurous activities, combined with the work we have done over the years… Read More »