Catch up on the latest news from SAPOE and related agencies, etc.

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

SAPOE Meeting: 8th June 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017 13:01
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
The proposed closure of Delamont Outdoor Education Centre in County Down has been postponed
New research into the impact of school field trips on students’ aptitudes for learning, indicates that certain types of ‘character development’ intervention can positively influence the quality of key student-to-teacher and student-to-student relationships. Moreover, the research suggests that the improvement of these relationships provides a more solid foundation for the development of both desirable characteristics and academic progress
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Going Out There

'Going Out There' is the Scottish framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits. It has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education, the Health and Safety Executive, Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners, voluntary organisations and providers.

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