Category: News

Across Scotland. One man and his canoe

Jonathan Kitching from Birsemohr, Aboyne and former SAPOE representative for Aberdeen City has just completed a marathon canoe journey across Scotland to raise money for cancer charities.  The journey that started in Crinnan near Lochgilphead, was a solo unsupported challenge by canoe and bike.  The road sections that joined together the lochs and rivers were […]

Launch of the Teaching Learning Outdoors professional e-learning module: 17th September 2020

The Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education is pleased to announce the launch today of the Teaching Learning Outdoors professional e-learning course. This course and associated guidance, developed by Education Officers and SAPOE representatives from five local authorities, benefited from £17,250 of Scottish Government funding aimed at supporting outdoor learning. This has allowed this course […]

Letter from SAPOE to John Swinney: 1st September 2020

SAPOE wrote to John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on 1st September 2020 to highlight the financial crisis that now faces Scottish Outdoor Education Centres.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for school visits and trips

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been a severe and sustained threat to human life in Scotland. The impact of the pandemic on public services, business and private lives has been profound. All of us have been required to make substantial adjustments to cope with these unprecedented times. The Scottish Government is particularly mindful of the impact which this has had on children and young people. 

Educational value of Scotland’s Outdoor Education Centres

This guidance was commissioned in 2020 by the Scottish Government and developed by the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE) in partnership with Education Scotland, Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and the Youthlink Scotland Outdoor Group

Research shows chalk could be a climber’s best friend

At the start of the Corona Virus Crisis, the ABC (Association of British Climbing Walls) set up working groups to support climbing walls through the crisis. David and Robert Stevens from The Warehouse Climbing Wall, Gloucester approached Rich Emerson, ABC Chair as they had a relationship with a world-leading research team in De Montfort University