Justine Lee, communications manager at The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, explains about a new CPD programme from the charity and its partnership with the Canal & River Trust which aims to help schools connect pupils with the natural environment.
We’ve compiled some of the amazing places across the UK which promote a positive frame of mind through outdoor learning.
Andrew Hutchings, headteacher at Parkgate Primary School in Neston, Cheshire, has told School Travel Organiser that outdoor learning is vital for children to reconnect with their local surroundings, as well as the pride of being awarded the LOtC Mark (Bronze) from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).
Two charities have been awarded a grant of £1.7 million from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to create more wildlife habitats in the West Midlands and engage more children in the region with nature.
Grow Wellbeing, a team of forest school leaders, horticulturists, educators and more, has received additional funding to outreach their services so more disadvantaged school children in Liverpool can experience outdoor learning opportunities.
The co-founder of the Eden Project, Sir Tim Smit, talks about the proposal for a GCSE in Natural History and engaging children with the wider world.
The first school trip since lockdown has taken place on Windermere Lake and surrounding attractions, with pupils enjoying outdoor lessons involving boats, trains and automobiles.
A selection of ideas to instil positive mental health and wellbeing among your students at a time when they may need it the most.
The new packages at Leighton Hall in Lancashire include outdoor learning programmes with facilities such as an outdoor kitchen, weatherproof woodland log circle and an insect corner.
Outdoor adventure specialists, Inspiring Learning, are encouraging more children to engage in outdoor activities as a way of helping to reduce the nation’s rising stress levels.
Let’s Learn Moor, a huge outdoor educational experience which takes place across 12 sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will return for the week commencing 5th July 2021.
Nearly 30,000 school children from disadvantaged areas are set to enjoy classes in nature this spring in an outdoor learning project spearheaded by The Wildlife Trusts.
A new project, Generation Green, is set to create new jobs, volunteer roles and apprenticeships to connect more than 100,000 young people with nature.
24 targeted Key Stage 4 pupils from Wallsall Academy took part in this residential at the Outward Bound Trust’s Ullswater Centre in March 2020.
The trip, involving two groups of 25 Year 5 children from the Brighton school took place in 2019 and involved working with Sustrans cycling charity and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
It would be one of the first new GCSEs to be introduced to UK schools since computer science back in 2014.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) will offer schools new sessions linking to climate change and plastic pollution at a variety of its centres across the UK for future visits.
Adventurers Kate Humble and Paul Rose have given their support to school visits as a generation of young people risk missing out on experiences.
Bore Place in Kent, a 500-acre site which includes an organic dairy farm and market gardens, has created a new workshop which aims to help Year 7 pupils when beginning secondary school.
A programme of digital fieldwork courses to support teachers and students is being launched by outdoor education charity, the Field Studies Council (FSC).
The Heart of England Forest charity in Warwickshire has been helping local schools by offering limitless space outdoors for learning and play.
The Field Studies Council’s (FSC) chief executive has written to the Prime Minister asking him to rethink school guidance for the autumn term and to consider allowing overnight residential trips.
In an exclusive interview with STO, the adventurer, who has presented various BBC documentaries, spoke about why now is the opportunity to rethink how children learn.
Wayne Norrie, chief executive of Greenwood Academies Trust, explains why they’re committed to giving the children access to outdoor learning and residential visits as soon as they can.
Clare Rooney, qualified teacher & training and development officer at Learning through Landscapes, gives her tips for teaching outdoors.
Ian Mitchell, deputy headteacher of Kingswood House School in Surrey, talks about their pivot to a virtual school trip experience that included videos, podcasts, web links, Microsoft Teams… and even cooking.
Schools can sign up for free and download a pack of resources to help plan the wild month as well as receiving ideas to inspire them to stay wild beyond June.
The outdoor education charity welcomed the plans to increase the time people can now spend outside, saying it’s essential we get children out of their ‘home classrooms’.
The Countryside Classroom, an organisation that helps teachers with trips and support relating to food, farming and the natural environment, has introduced free outdoor activities to do at home.
We’re going to share some previous magazine content during this time - first up, we hear from CEO of The Country Trust, Jill Attenborough about how the charity can help schools.
Visitors to the Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard will be able to take part in a specially designed Sensory Trail when the 120-acre site reopens in March.
Presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble has spoken about the importance of getting kids outdoors on school trips.
A free, five-day itinerary for schools, which has been especially put together for teachers taking their class to Jersey for the first time, explores some of its historical links and popular beaches.
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire welcomed almost 1,000 young people from across the Midlands for its Remember Together Youth Festival 2019.
A new study released by Swansea University has revealed how just one hour of outdoor learning a week can have huge benefits for both children and teachers.
Schools are being invited to register their interest in the Nature Friendly Schools project which aims to bring thousands of children closer to nature.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) ‘Let’s Learn Moor’ event, saw seven moorland locations transformed into countryside classrooms for over 1,400 school children.
The estate once again opened its gates to 3,000 Primary school children from more than 50 local schools for the annual Countryside Days for Schools.
Moorside Primary School in Lancaster won last year’s ‘My Best School Trip’ Award. Deputy headteacher Jonathan Whitwell reports back on what they did with the £1,500 prize money.
The Blenheim Estate has linked up with The Bushcraft Company to offer pupils three to five-day residential camping experiences in Oxfordshire.
The Suntrap Forest Centre, which provides educational experiences outside of the classroom, will undergo a £4.5 million regeneration project to improve students’ learning opportunities.
Lee Valley’s Youth and Schools Service has launched a new Mindfulness and Natural Art Discovery day to get pupils engaged in the natural world.
Based on the popular children’s story, the new trail at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will encourage school children to get outside and explore.
After being voted number one school in Surrey, Shannon Clark spoke to St John’s C of E Primary School’s head teacher Mark Richards to find out what part learning outside the classroom had in their transformational journey.
Keeley Rodgers catches up with Paul Curnow, Form Teacher & Forest School Leader, after he was given the LOtC Inspiring Educator Award for his work.
Scotswood Natural Community Garden has opened up its educational visit bookings as part of its Wildlife Superheroes project.
Using forests and woodland to support GCSE studies, whilst reaping the benefits of connecting your students with nature.
Gayhurst Primary School from Hackney enjoyed a school trip to The Garden Classroom’s pilot Seashore Adventures camp.
A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).
With International Literacy Day coming up on 8th September, we look at a selection of locations and attractions offering English and Literature links.
School groups visiting Scotland can now enjoy a trail which includes an array of fairy-tale and storybook features, tying in with Literacy studies.
Counting rabbits, navigating a maze and building a den were all part of a day of fun, fresh air and adventure enjoyed by a group of pupils from North Yorkshire.
The ‘Remaking Beamish’ project has seen the opening of its first attraction, Joe the Quilter’s cottage, at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North in County Durham, ready for school visits.
Whether it’s your first time organising or your fiftieth, safety is something that will always be in the foreground when planning a successful school trip.
The Outward Bound Trust has revealed that in 2017, 80% of its educational participants were given funding in order to help them pay for their trip.
Circle of Life Rediscovery camps offered the opportunity for participants from Tiffins School in London to camp overnight in a woodland away from home, for some it was the first time.
We round up school trip ideas to enjoy the summer term and beautiful weather, both in the UK and abroad.
Rock UK’s Summit Centre has welcomed the first residential group to its redeveloped activity centre in the South Wales valleys.
Teachers considering a school trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall might like to book with school travel provider NST, which runs special tribe and rainforest themed workshops.
School groups of all ages are being invited to help monitor the effects of environmental change on Britain’s seas.
We round up some trip ideas linking to creative subjects and look at why they are so crucial for education.
St Davids in Wales has recently been announced as the first ‘Bee Friendly’ city in the country and has launched a themed tourist trail, suitable for school children.
Jamie Walls, Product Development Manager of Youth Hostel Association (YHA) shares with us his top tips for getting the most out of your next school trip.
A new report by Project Dirt has revealed that outdoor learning is being cut back due to the pressures of testing and academic studies.
Last Thursday was Outdoor Classroom Day, which saw more than 1.7 million children playing and learning outdoors worldwide.
Primary school teachers and outdoor education coordinators were inspired at the Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference.
In Year 6, children from Harwell Primary School have a week’s residential stay at Yenworthy Lodge, an outdoor activities centre set in six acres of woodland within the Exmoor National Park in Devon.
Teachers can take advantage of a new Wild Challenge, launched by the RSPB.
As April is Garden Month, we focus on five glorious British gardens that offer educational visits and look at why a trip could be beneficial.
To mark National Experience Week this week, we take a look at some of the most treasured experiences school pupils can take away from school travel.
The National Memorial Arboretum has invited young people to attend a full day of free workshops on 11th July.
A new collaboration between educational charity Celtic Harmony and The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has been announced and will provide a new course for teachers.
The farm in Peterborough has revealed its upgraded tractor trailer which aims to make school visits even more attractive along with some new educational packages.
Campaigning group, Learning Away, has revealed a new set of ‘Brilliant Residentials’ Continued Professional Development (CPD) materials available to teachers.
The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is being reviewed this month and schools, as well as activity providers, are being asked to respond by 9th March to ensure their views are considered.
To continue the run up to World Book Day, we speak to author Abi Elphinstone about her experiences as a children’s author and her memories of school travel.
Ten Geography-themed trips engaging pupils with their environment.
Historic England has created a new free online resource designed to help teachers explore the story of Britain’s prehistory with their pupils, which can be used on school trips.
STO speaks to Jonathan Dean, an education officer for South Down National Park about the PM's 25-year environment plan.
A survey commissioned by the Bohunt Education Trust (BET) has revealed that people want a greater focus on outdoor learning for schoolchildren.
With events such as the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big School Birdwatch taking place this month, we look at attractions to get children learning about our feathered friends.
Outdoor Classroom Day, run by campaigners Dirt is Good and Learning Through Landscapes, will once again celebrate Learning Outside the Classroom and the effects it has on education.
Surrey Wildlife Trust has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge for its new outdoor education centre at Nower Wood.
A recent study, carried out by Learning Away, has revealed that far too many children are missing out on potentially life-changing residential experiences.
Campaigning group, Learning Away, has launched its new campaign, #WinterResidentials, which will encourage more life-changing experiences for young people.
Sea Life Blackpool has unveiled a new underwater classroom, suitable for school visits, that provides students with the opportunity to learn about marine life first-hand.
New tour operator, Glo-Ed, based in Oxford, launched earlier this year and offers schools itineraries around the world.
We focus on some top trip ideas to help prepare pupils for later life including college, university and careers.
The winners of last year’s My Best School Trip have spent the prize money on two trips to Eskdale Youth Hostel.
STO looks at a new study from Planet Ark that suggests that teaching children outside the classroom can give them the skills they need to tackle the challenges of the future.
Two schools have recently been recognised by Learning Away for providing their pupils with ‘Brilliant Residential’ experiences highlighting the importance of LOtC.
STO finds out about Bishop's Blue Coat CoE High School's annual trip to Battlefield Live in Knutsford.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), will be hosting three School Roadshows for teachers.
A new treetop adventure park at Heaton Park, Manchester, is now complete and ready to open to the public.
STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.
STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.
Tour operator, Rayburn Tours, is introducing new school trips to Iceland.
STO looks at school trips to teach pupils about nutrition and food provenance.
The London Wildlife Trust has announced that Camley Street Natural Park will undergo a renovation, which will conclude in a new visitor centre and learning hub.
Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.
The English Heritage site, Stonehenge, is even more school friendly now that a new coach park has been opened.
STO rounds up the research to look at the ways in which school trips can have a positive impact on teachers.
Record numbers of children are now developing short sightedness; teachers have got more reason than ever before to get their pupils outside.
STO talks to James, a Year 12 student, about the impact outdoor education has had on his life.
STO hears from a school from Dorset that has created a tradition of taking pupils on a trip to Weymouth.
Surrey Wildlife Trust has announced the opening of a brand new education centre for this spring.
Sarah Blackwell, chairman of the Archimedes group of companies that delivers Forest School training across the country reveals what she considers to be the five key elements that contribute to a successful LOtC experience.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the Youth and Schools service is calling pupils to enter a competition.
A trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum, offers schools the chance to take part in a Goodnight Mister Tom Literacy theme day, among others.
It has been announced that a Learning Beyond the Classroom conference will take place on 21st April at High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, in Surrey.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire is one of four RHS gardens. All offer educational workshops for schools which are led by educational officers and are designed to stimulate and capture students’ curiosity about nature and gardening and get them involved in practical horticulture, Art and Science.
The Kids Country Food and Farming Day will take place again next year for its fifth run, in Peterborough.
A school trip to Beaulieu provides schools with lessons in Physics, History and Technology.
The City of Caves in Nottingham provides educational experiences and workshops for Key Stages 1 to 3 that tie in with the History, Geography and Science curriculum.
Beamish The Living Museum of the North will be expanding its attractions. STO looks at what will become available.
STO finds out about Llandudno’s ties to the novel Alice in Wonderland and how these can support a Key Stage 2 school trip.
STO focuses on Ashdown Forest, which was the original setting for AA Milne’s famous Winnie the Pooh children’s stories.
The land of active volcanos, waterfalls, glaciers and a whole lot of snow can offer a lot to schools.
Rachel Bailey reports on why learning at a landfill site like Carymoor Environmental Education Centre has its perks.
Aneducational visit to Poole’s Cavern includes a cavern tour which fits in with Key Stages 1 and 2.
STO focuses on a Cuba School Biology Expedition for Secondary School students, offered by World Youth Adventures.
Scotland has designated 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology; here are some trip ideas to link to the occasion.
Some of the best places to go on a school trip and study the Roman Empire.
Located in the Conway Valley is Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre which provides outdoor learning for Years 5 to 7.
School Travel Organiser takes a look at what’s available for students visiting Howe Park Wood.
The end of the summer term sees schools from all over the country heading out on residentials and outdoor learning trips. While big centres run by the likes of PGL and YHA always go down a storm, there are a variety of lesser-known options available to teachers. Here, STO focuses on five.
Plant growth and garden birds are high on the learning agenda at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, set in 15 acres of landscaped greenery, offers more than 20 teaching sessions suited for students from Early Years through to Key Stage 4.
Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead has expanded its education programme for Primary school students to include more workshops.
School travel organisers can book now to join a new CPD course called Science through Art in the Environment.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew boasts acres of exotic and common plants which can be used to help students extend their learning in subjects including Science, Maths and Geography.
A look at some top workshops available for Key Stage 1 and 2 at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.
Cotswold Farm Park, owned by farmer and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, offers school trips which get pupils into the outdoors learning about animals, farm life and food production. Here, School Travel Organiser finds out more.
School Travel Organiser spoke to new YHA Ambassador Alex Staniforth about his experience of outdoor learning.
On the day that would have been adventurer John Muir’s birthday, School Travel Organiser takes a closer look at the John Muir Award and what it can mean for schools.
Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in County Durham has launched a new historic environment package targeted towards Key Stage 2 students.
School Travel Organiser finds out how a visit to one of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) nature reserves can help studies on plants and animals for Primary school pupils.
Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) has created a new downloadable resource pack for outdoor learning this spring.
A new quarry walk is due to open at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
Arley Hall invites schools to compete for an educational trip to Stockley Farm Park by creating their own garden.
Sutton Ecology Centre has recently opened a new classroom for students to use for learning about wildlife and conservation.
The National Memorial Arboretum can be an eye-opening experience for students and benefit studies in Art & Design and History.
School Travel Organiser finds out how Geography, Business Studies and English can be brought to life for Key Stage 1 to A Level at Anglian Water.
School Travel Organiser takes a look at the learning opportunities available for Foundation and Primary school students at BeWILDerwood.
Celtic Harmony is a charity that offer educational sessions inspired by the heritage of ancient Britain.
Efteling theme park, in the south of Holland, is investing €30 million to construct a new holiday village.
Pointers for getting the most out of the practice of learning outside the classroom.
If you’ve got a bit of time to kill over the Christmas holidays, apply for the school tree planting project, created by the Woodland Trust and the government.
Rachel Bailey spoke to The Yorkshire Arboretum’s education officer Kathryn Hardaker, who organises school visits for Primary school children.
When thinking about personal development and character education we must not be blind to the world outside the classroom walls, writes Elaine Skates, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and STO columnist.
Education officers from Snowdonia explain why the National Park’s environment is a great one for learning outside the classroom.
School Travel Organiser takes a look at the benefits of booking a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales.
School Travel Organiser finds out why a classroom in the forest serves as a great place to learn.
On 26th November the annual Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC took place in Essex. Here are the tips from every nominee on how to get the most out of learning outside the classroom.
School Travel Organiser finds out more about the Ezone in Dudley, which offers skill development and independent learning opportunities for Early Years to Key Stage 4.