The minutes, reports and agenda for the SAPOE meeting held at the University of Edinburgh on 5th December 2017 are available. Download attachments: SAPOE minutes 5th December 2017_FINAL SAPOEAgenda_5thDecember2017
The minutes, reports and agenda for the SAPOE meeting held at the University of Edinburgh on 7th September 2017 are available.
Note from David Girling, Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Learning at Perth College UHI
The Social Impact Report 2017 from the Outward Bound Trust is available to download
The minutes, reports and agenda for the SAPOE meeting held at the Low Port Centre, Linlithgow on 8th June 2017 are available
The Parliament acknowledges the work of various national conservation charities, including RSPB Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, in the provision and promotion of outdoor education; believes that outdoor education should be seen as an important component of the curriculum, with meaningful benefits to both pupils’ learning and their health
School children across Scotland should be given more opportunities to learn lessons – including English, maths and science – outdoors, according to leading education advisors and experts
East Ayrshire Council has announced that all pupils from all backgrounds across their 54 schools will be entitled to a high-quality residential learning experience during their time at school. The announcement comes shortly after the launch of a new #BrilliantResidentials campaign in Scotland, which disseminates the overwhelming evidence gathered from the Learning Away programme about the numerous positive impacts a residential experience can have on pupils, staff and the wider school community. East Ayrshire is the first council in Scotland to make this commitment
Scotland is facing key pressures on its biodiversity. Some of these pressures are physical, such as pollution, the overuse of resources, or climate change. Others are more about the way we (under) value nature and the goods and services it provides in decision making. Modern living means we have less connection with it in our everyday lives and there is growing concern that younger generations are missing out on the experience of nature and the benefits it brings to learning and development.
Spending time in nature has tremendous benefits, including improved concentration, better motor coordination and improved overall cognitive functioning, research has shown