Outdoor Learning and Local Education Recovery Planning

National Improvement Hub

Last updated 18th December 2020 – Practical activities guidelines: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/covid-19-education-recovery/covid-19-return-to-educational-establishments/

Last updated 16th December 2020 – CERG guidance: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/covid-19-education-recovery/cerg-guidance/

Outdoor Learning – Covid Education Recovery Phase – Action Plan

The Action Plan that the Outdoor Education Recovery Group has been working to support can be fund here: Outdoor Learning – Covid Education Recovery Phase – Action Plan – Version 4.docx


Briefing note for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Hua has provided a copy of her briefing note for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: North Lanarkshire Delivery Duke of Edinburgh


Risk Assessment for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions

Isi has provided a copy of her risk assessment for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions: COVID-19 D of E RA


Outdoor Learning Sector Summary: 14th August

Ali has produced a summary of recent activity in the Outdoor Learning sector: SAPOE CV19 Members Update 13August2020


Coronavirus (COVID 19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues minutes: 4 August 2020

Minutes from the seventh meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on Tuesday 4 August 2020.


Outdoor Learning Sector Summary: 5th June

Ali has produced a summary of recent activity in the Outdoor Learning sector: SAPOE CV19 Members Update 5June20 (2)


Local Education Recovery Plans: Outdoor Learning

Some SAPOE Reps have shared their draft plans for how Outdoor Learning could contribute to Local Education Recovery.

Please note these are DRAFT plans for information only and not for circulation.

East Lothian: Liz Brookes has shared the draft plan for Local Education Recovery Planning – The Outdoors as part of a Blended Learning approach and beyond and the East Lothian – ALL STAGES Outdoor Learning GUIDANCE

Fife: Ali Dreyer has shared the draft plan for CV19 – Fife Back to School Briefing

Falkirk: Jane Jackson has shared the draft plan for Falkirk Planning ahead – outdoors and a  Master resource list 3.6.20


Outdoor Learning Brief: Key Messages

Natalie White has produced the following Outdoor Learning Brief: Key Messages document:
Outdoor Learning Core Brief: Key Messages


Learning through Landscapes

Members of the Learning through Landscapes network have been developing advice and ideas for schools, early learning and childcare to develop their outdoor spaces. Outputs will account of the issues around social distancing, ‘bubble management’, access and egress, space utilisation and ideas for temporary learning and play outdoors.

The first of their advice posters is from Chris Raven of Atkins, looking at social distancing in school grounds:

This page has a series of sections, offering guidance on the hygiene and cleaning practices for school grounds and outdoor spaces: https://www.ltl.org.uk/school-grounds-hygiene-and-cleaning-advice/


Somerset Outdoor Curriculum

Daniel Montcrieff, ex centre manager for Kindrogan and then Millport, is now the Manager of Somerset Outdoor Service. He has shared useful information around return to education post-COVID-19. There are links to a couple of useful documents and a YouTube video on this page: http://www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk/Page/17464


Scottish Government Announcements

Published 2nd September 2020 and last updated 19th August 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and youth work visits and trips: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-school-visits-and-trips/

Published 30th October 2020 and last updated 24th March 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reducing the risks in schools: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/

5th June – Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learning: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-continuity-in-learning/

5th June – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Curriculum for Excellence in the Recovery Phase: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-curriculum-for-excellence-in-the-recovery-phase/

1st June – Scottish Governement: Coronavirus (COVID-19): fully outdoor childcare providers guidance

29th May – Scottish Government: Outdoor learning during the COVID-19 pandemic