National Network for Outdoor Learning Strategic Event

The National Network for Outdoor Learning Strategic Event will be held on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at the Glasgow Youth Hostel, 7/8 Park Terrace, Glasgow, G3 6BY.

Please use this link to book your place: National Network for Outdoor Learning Strategic Event

The strategic seminar for the National Network for Outdoor Learning is for those who have a strategic role in delivery or research in Outdoor Learning. This event is not appropriate for teachers or educators – we have the fabulous Dirty Weekend in March which will be shared nearer the time.

The agenda for the seminar is now confirmed and we are delighted to be joined by some exciting speakers who will share relevant policy and research relating to outdoor learning.

Professor Richard Mitchell, Glasgow University, Professor of Health and Environment
Good news, bad news: natural environments and health
Professor Mitchell leads the Neighbourhoods and Communities Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. He is also co-director of the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health, an interdisciplinary centre focused on how physical and social environments can influence population health, for better and for worse.

Rich will review the key evidence on whether and how natural environments and being in nature affect our health and wellbeing, who benefits and – more importantly – who doesn’t. Rich will then consider what else we need to know and what the key messages from health research are for policy makers and practice.

Sophie Finlayson, Scottish Government, Policy Manager Outdoor Learning
Early Learning and Childcare Expansion: Outdoor Learning Progress
The Scottish Government has committed to increasing the number of funded childcare hours from 600 to 1140 by August 2020. The main aims of the expansion in ELC are to:

  • Improve children’s outcomes and help close the poverty-related attainment gap
  • Increase family resilience through improved health and wellbeing of children and parents
  • Support parents into work, study or training

Sophie’s presentation will be sharing some insight into how the ELC expansion has impacted the progression of outdoor learning opportunities for children.

Liam Cahill Scottish Government, Policy Manager Outdoor Learning
Outdoor Learning through Learning for Sustainability
Since January 2018, Liam has been responsible for developing the Scottish Government’s new Learning for Sustainability Action Plan. The plan gives effect to the recommendations of the concluding report of the Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group – ‘Vision 2030+’.

As part of his work, Liam is involved in considering how the learning estate in Scotland can be adapted in ways which incorporate increased natural green space and allow increased outdoor learning.
The presentation will provide an overview of the Scottish Government’s new Learning for Sustainability Action Plan. It will explore how Learning for Sustainability and outdoor learning are interrelated and specifically look at how aspects of the Learning for Sustainability Action Plan will start to facilitate an increase in outdoor learning.

At all NNOL events we like to share! If you would like a – 3 minute slot “what you been up to/things you want people to know” please email us!

Also at this event we will be having a – 1 minute ask for helps/etc , again if you would like a space please email us.