Developing a nature and outdoor learning rich curriculum

University of Plymouth Institute of Education and Devon Wildlife Trust are excited to announce the launch of this unique and innovative course designed to provide teaching staff the opportunity to progress their own learning whilst having a significant impact on curriculum development in their school setting.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for qualified teachers looking to further their knowledge of how to enrich curriculum through the natural world and outdoor learning pedagogy

What will I learn?

Course content includes:

  • ecological principles and habitat management related to school grounds
  • introduction to common species identification
  • outdoor learning pedagogy and practice
  • principles and examples of school curriculum development
  • practical considerations such as risk assessment and behaviour management outdoors.

How is it taught?

All teaching will take place at a residential weekend with a minimum of 2 individual follow—up sessions per student during the course.


Practical application of learning and the production of a development plan for a school setting form the main part of the assessment for this course, benefiting both the individual teacher and the school where they are based.

Further study

30 Master’s credits are awarded for successful completion of this module which can be added to other units available at UoP to build towards an MA Education.

2021 Timeline:

  • Weekend residential (Feb)
  • Action research/ practical sessions in school setting (Feb-May)
  • Individual follow up sessions (Feb-May)
  • Assignment deadline (June)

To register or indicate your interest please complete this form, inputting the following code in the 'Course Title' box: MASU756PD

For further information contact:

Dr Alun Morgan - University of Plymouth

  • Tel: +44 1752 585392

Paul Martin - Devon Wildlife Trust:

  • Tel: 01392 279244