2021 news and events


Digest 26.03.21



  • Wild LIVE: Is the education system failing our young people and the natural world?, 31 March 2021, 7:00pm - 8:30pm (UK time): In this month’s Wildlife Trusts WildLIVE on Education, 31st March, Craig Bennet, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, will host discussions on the importance of learning through nature. We will hear from panellists including Dr Amir Khan, GP and Ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, Bobbi Benjamin-Wand from London Wildlife trust on ‘Keeping it Wild’, Joe Brindle, Campaigner from ‘ Teach the Future’ as well as Niall O’Brien, a Teacher helping to deliver ‘Nature Friendly Schools’. As we live through a climate and nature crisis, we ask in this Wild LIVE whether our education system is equipping future generations with the skills and knowledge they need to tackle these monumental issues. We will consider how providing access to nature is a key part in this – and how a fully inclusive roll-out of outdoor learning could help to build resilience and development in children of all ages, whilst improving health and wellbeing. More details on how to join us, submission of questions and registration, is on: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/events/WildLIVE_education


  • Teaching with the Sky as a Ceiling: A review about the significance of outdoor teaching for children’s learning in compulsory school by Johan Faskunger, Anders Szczepanski and Petter Åkerblom. Please see attached document.

Outdoor Learning Success Stories: PRinOL webinar

In place of our annual conference, we had a successful webinar on 27 January. The theme was ‘Success in 2020’, and over 120 people listened to ways in which our presenters were engaging with different people through teaching and learning outdoors. Our thanks to everyone who took part – for the presenters who uplifted us by sharing their work (and keeping to time!) and to everyone who joined in with the chat. We’re in the process of putting the PowerPoints and the session recording up onto the resources page of the PRinOL website.

Outdoor Learning Success Stories: PRInOL webinar, 27 January 2021, 1:00 – 2.30pm.

This year, instead of our usual PRinOL conference, we are holding a webinar on 27 January 2021 from 1 – 2.30pm. Invited speakers will discuss their success stories in outdoor learning during the pandemic – something that we need to cheer us through the short winter days!

Please register by emailing us at PRinOL@plymouth.ac.uk by 26 January 2021. Sending us an email means that you will be happy for us to contact you with the link to the webinar nearer the time.

1 – 1.20 – Sue Waite and Debbie Lambert: The National Curriculum Outdoors
1.20 – 1.35 – Donal Dowd from Cappanalea, The National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training: Wellbeing through the outdoors - sharing practice
1.35 – 1.50 – Richard Irvine: Forest Schools and Early Years
1.50 – 2.05 Mary Brosnan, Tralee Educate Together National School: Outdoor Learning - A Principal's Perspective
2.05 – 2.20 – Daniel Moncrieff: Success Stories from Somerset
2.20 – 2.35 – Nik Elvy: Poverty in the Pandemic 

We look forward to seeing you!