Classrooms without walls

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Outdoor learning is increasingly seen as an entitlement for children and young people, yet can be difficult to organise. As a Schools Worker you can be invaluable to a school in providing the extra support needed every time a group of pupils goes outside the school grounds (when adult-pupil ratios quite rightly need to be much more generous). This applies for all sorts of field trips etc.

A useful solution is also sometimes to use an Outdoor Centre. You will probably be aware of the centres below, but your schools may not be.

Outdoor Learning Centres

teenranchVarious organisations operate Outdoor Learning Centres, which are widely used by schools as key parts of their annual curriculum. Residential and day activities include Environmental Education, P7-S1 Transition, Leadership courses, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, etc:


Scripture Union Scotland

Abernethy Centres (4 Centres in different parts of Scotland)

Compass Christian Centre, Glenshee

Teen Ranch, near Dundee

Rock UK, Whittaugh Park, Newcastleton, Scottish Borders

Vine Trust School Expeditions

Vine Trust’s School Expeditions offer opportunities for older secondary school pupils and their teachers to work in partnership with in-country development organisations in Tanzania or Peru. Since 2007, 700+ school volunteers from Scotland have already been involved in se1two-week programmes which take learning far beyond the classroom.

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