'Turbo-Charge' Your Outdoor Curriculum

3 October, 9:30 - 16:30

Manor Lodge School, Hertfordshire WD7 9BG 



Welcome to the classroom of the future

The world is changing...Are you prepared?

A study in 2016 found the average child spends less time outside than a high security prison inmate at 75 minutes per day. In addition the average roaming range of an 8 year in 1912 was 8 miles, today it's 250m.

What are the implications of this for child development? Many more children these days are beginning school with poor physical literacy skills and are non verbal, this has been linked to a lack of outdoor time as it is competing with indoor activities that are perceived as safe. The irony is that in trying to protect children we are in fact harming them.

We're moving into a new-era as many children globally experience a 'confined' childhood. In response we must embrace an expanded definition of the classroom where all spaces are seen as potential 'places for learning' and stewardship of the environment is at the heart of our practice. 

It's time to take action

The research is clear and un-controversial, spending time in nature for learning benefits all, pupils and staff alike. Improved engagement, enjoyment, attainment, attendance, behaviour, focus, health and wellbeing are undisputed.

Connecting with these spaces creates powerful, memorable experiences that a supports greater diversity of children's skills and talents. This approach has the potential to transform the school life of many who are not designed to sit in a classroom.

As we stare down the barrel of an obesity and mental health epidemic in children and the now very real impact of Climate Change, there has never been a time more important than this for children to be learning in a practical way in the natural environment.

A unique opportunity for you and your pupils...

If some of your parents were sitting with you right now face to face...and looked you in the eyes, could you answer yes to any of the questions below?

  • Do you have a desire to not only engage your pupils and prepare them for the world but give them meaningful experiences and an education that ALL pupils enjoy?
  • If we showed you some simple ways of using your teaching skill to tap into the vast resources that exist just outside your classroom window would you be willing to use them?
  • If you feel that you don't have any time to take your class outside would you be excited to work with other teachers and experts who can show you how without it being 'another thing to do'?
  • Are you ready to tap into a new level of learning and fulfilment in your role as an educator?

SOuL, in association with Manor Lodge School, an Outdoor Learning exemplar have helped define what outstanding education looks like outside. This event is an opportunity to learn from the best and 'turbo-charge' Outdoor Learning at your school.

This event will be jam packed with practical ideas, best practice, lesson plans and activities that you can take away to enhance the curriculum in so many ways. Learn from our expert Keynote Speakers and in-depth, hands-on workshops around themes such as:

  • Early Years nature based learning
  • Literacy & creative skills using ‘The Lost Words’
  • Horticulture & growing activities
  • Mindfulness, health & wellbeing
  • Low/no costs resources to enrich the whole curriculum
  • Science is all around
  • Bushcraft links to the curriculum
  • KS 3/4 practical pedagogies
  • Character education masterclass
  • Farming and curriculum links
  • STEM trails for urban teaching
  • Developing a 3 year blueprint for Outdoor Learning success at your school
  • Overcoming the barriers to OL

If you are at the start of this journey or if you are already delivering an 'outdoor-centric' curriculum, our team of experts will help you enhance what you do and awaken the enthusiasm of your learners like never before.

You will also come away with a plethora of written materials and resources from each and every Keynote and workshop provided. 

Think global, act local 

This year we will also focus attention on what’s happening in the UK and beyond such as movements, initiatives, research underpinning and policy. We will share the key organisations that we can get connected to and source ideas and inspiration from.

The outcomes for you will be as follows:

  • Learn how to and with what to persuade colleagues, SLT, parents on the importance of taking learning beyond the classroom.
  • Look at site and resource development to enable your OL plan to be realised
  • Development further skills, ideas and practical activities for developing OL at your school 
  • Create an action plan and have it ‘stress tested’ by experts and your peers 

In terms of activities and skills acquisition there will be a host of workshops utilising a number of contexts that may already exist in your school or if not simple ideas on how you might create them. Let's be clear you don't need 100 acres of woodland at your school to benefit from these ideas as they are workable in even the most urban playground.

In addition you will attend workshops and ‘drop in’ on others. Consult with the experts through clinics, receive handouts from all sessions so you can take your teaching and learning outside the very next day.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity and become part of this movement.

Here's what last years delegates had to say about the event held entirely outdoors in our inspirational canvas village:



"The best CPD event I have attended. Excellent rather than very good in all areas."

- Nick Hyde, Westville House



"Inspiring Keynote Speakers – all teachers need to hear them, the workshops were inspirational and informative. The whole atmosphere and ethos was inspiring encouraging and all doable."

- Katy Medley, Lincoln Minster



158 + VAT

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