PEF and attainment funding

PEF and attainment funding

PEF and attainment funding

Learning in nature

The Education team work in partnership with schools to help close the poverty related attainment gap and deliver outdoor learning in line with school improvement planning.  The team work with each school on an individual basis to make sure they are supporting staff and pupils in the most effective ways possible. Some of the services we offer include:

Outdoor learning with full classes

Tailored outdoor learning sessions that promote health and wellbeing and can focus on literacy, social skills, confidence, or class topics. These sessions also act as informal CPD for the class teacher who accompanies their pupils.  These sessions can take place in school grounds or in local green spaces.

Nature therapy with small groups

Nurturing experiences that can focus on specific issues or, more generally, on increasing confidence and developing resilience. 

It’s possible for us to work through a John Muir Award with nature therapy groups depending on age and circumstances – and is a fantastic way to recognise their achievements outdoors.  

We’ve worked with a number of local schools on their John Muir Award, including Pathhead and Dysart Primary Schools in Kirkcaldy, Pitcoudie and Warout Schools in Glenrothes and St Columbas RC High School in Dunfermline. 

Parental outdoor learning

Therapeutic - we facilitate therapeutic groups in which parents can build confidence and resilience, while experiencing all the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.  

Family based - we work with parents and children together to strengthen the parent-child bond. As sessions progress participants build a toolbox of therapeutic, outdoor activities they can do together beyond the work facilitated within school.

Training - we work with committed groups of parents to train them as outdoor learning volunteers. They develop the skills needed to assist your teaching staff on visits to the woods – allowing outdoor learning to be embedded, and sustainable, within your school. 

CPD

Whole school CPD as in service days or twilight sessions covering:-

  • Sustainability and environmental concerns
  • Using and getting to know your outdoor space
  • What is outdoor learning? Understanding the differences between outdoor learning, environmental education, nature therapy and outdoor adventure
  • The scientific basis for outdoor learning
  • The benefits of time spent outdoors
  • Outdoor specific risks
  • Practical skills: activities, games, natural fire lighting, den building 

If you would like to chat about how we can work with you and your school on any of these subjects, please give us a call on 01592 891567 to discuss your what you’re looking for or email us at admin@theecologycentre.org