Brilliant Residentials

Brilliant Residentials – CLPL opportunity

Led by teachers, co-designed with students and fully integrated into the curriculum, brilliant residentials have a huge impact on young people of all ages – and can help to deliver whole school change.

  • Come and join us and other teachers from across East Lothian for a quality, fun CLPL evening looking at how to create a culture of Brilliant residentials with your school. We will include discussions and activities around evidence of impact; making the case; what makes a Brilliant Residential. We will also have a visiting speaker sharing some case studies concerning Brilliant Residentials.
  • From 4pm on Thursday evening till 12 midday on Friday, staying overnight at Innerwick Outdoor Centre. Evening of  25th and morning of 26th January 2018
  • FREE – except cost of a fish supper. Accommodation; breakfast; tea/coffee/ snacks all at zero cost.
  • Book early as numbers are limited. To book on this unique and exciting CLPL opportunity please click here.

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Outdoor Learning Cards

1 day of high quality CLPL for all staff across East Lothian – Wednesday 24th January 2018

Make the most of your school site and Outdoor Learning

The Outdoor Learning Cards activities contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on a school/youth club site and surrounding environment:

Orienteering – developing good map reading skills
Team Building and Problem Solving – how to challenge your young people
Bouldering – Use of low level climbing walls
Journeying – Local visits organised by young people

The Cards are supported by a Handbook and CD that provide detailed information on all aspects of activity delivery. All key elements for successful delivery
are explored further in the 6 hour training course.Environmental Learning Cards

Cost for EL staff and Volunteers – £45. This includes a pack of OL card (£90) and Environmental Learning Cards (£51)
A total of £141 worth of resources plus a training course at £85 giving a usual cost of £226 per person.

This day and resources is all yours for only £45 per person.
(One resource pack per establishment)


For details on how to book please click here

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The Adventure Academy … the story so far.

On Ben Vrackie

For 2017-18 The Outdoor Learning Service launched the Adventure Academy.  A county wide outdoor activities ‘club’ for S2.  Pupils from Tranent, Musselburgh and Dunbar secondary schools have just completed their first term’s programme of activities.  These included watersports, indoor climbing (working toward their NICAS award) and some outdoor cooking.  Then at the beginning of the month the group planned and then climbed Ben Vrackie a Corbett  in the southern highlands above Pitlochry.

Next term they will progress through their NICAS levels at the local climbing wall, gain a first-aid qualification and we have some more winter adventures planned including a residential to the Cairngorms where the pupils will get to grips with some of the highest and wildest mountains in Scotland.

We still have spaces on this programme for Term 2 joiners. So if you have any S2 at your school who could benefit learning new skills, growing in confidence and resilience then please contact

The summit shot

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Affordable,accessible, local residential – 20% price reduction

Innerwick Residential Centre

 Festive deal for any school/ youth group!

We are offering a 20% discount for last minute residential bookings benefiting young people, that take place between now and the end of March 2018 (limited dates available)

Usual price £12.30 per person per night (+VAT if external to East Lothian Council), minimum 14 person occupancy.


To qualify for the offer, the booking must be confirmed and a non refundable deposit paid by Friday 19th Jan 2018.


Innerwick Residential Centre is unstaffed, self-catering and can sleep up to 36.  Further details about the Centre can be found on our website.


For further information and booking, email us at or phone 0131 653 5217.

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Staff Development courses for Duke of Edinburgh Award

Looking to create a DofE programme at school or further develop the one that you have got? Particularly the expedition side of the award?

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Your Outdoor Learning Service has opportunities to help this happen

  • DofE Expedition Supervisor Course – Wednesday 21st February 2018
  • DofE Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme – Wednesday 7th March 2018

These courses are FREE to all ELC employees and members of East Lothian VOLT (Volunteer Outdoor Learning Team)

To book on the course please click here

For any other question regarding these courses please contact



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