The Natural Connections Demonstration Project has been running for three years.
It is one of the largest outdoor learning project in the UK, working with 130 primary and secondary schools across the South West of England. Evaluation of how outdoor learning can be embedded into school life, as well as its impact on pupils, teachers and the school ethos, has been a major part of the project.
The event was an opportunity to share findings and hear from some of the schools involved.
All were welcome - teachers, managers, educators, outdoor learning providers, students, researchers, parents and staff.
12:30 - Arrival
13:00 - Welcome (Sue Waite, Natural Connections Project Lead)
13:10 - 'The Natural Connections Project - setting the scene' (Ian Blackwell, NCDP Project Manager [Delivery])
13:50 - 'What did case studies tell us?' (Andy Edwards-Jones, Research Assistant, Plymouth University)
14:15 - Questions
14:30 - Short break
14:45 - Parallel workshop sessions (45 minutes each)
- Workshop 1 (venue: Room 002, Rolle Building) - 'The work of the Hub Leader: in and beyond the school grounds' (Plymouth City Council Natural Infrastructure Team and The Learning Institute, Cornwall)
- Workshop 2 (venue: Room 003, Rolle Building) - 'What Natural Connections did for us' (Siobhan Easton, Head Teacher, and Outdoor Learning Lead Teacher, Stacey Mitchell, Marine Academy Primary, Plymouth)
- Workshop 3 (venue: Rolle Marquee) - 'Professional development: developing teachers confidence in delivering in the outdoors through a whole school approach to outdoor learning' (Michelle Roberts, Callington Community College/ARENA Schools Cornwall)
15:30 - Refreshments and networking
16:15 - Feedback: what's next?
16:30 - Ends