Evidence of impact of Outdoor Learning published


A significant report has been published on a 4 year, 125 school, 40,000 pupil Outdoor Learning Demonstration Project.

A full copy of the Natural Connections project report can be downloaded from Natural England’s Access to Evidence publications catalogue.  An 11-minute film has been produced to accompany the publication of the project report.

It concluded;

  • 92 % of teachers surveyed said that pupils were more engaged with learning when outdoors
  • 85 % of teachers surveyed saw a positive impact on pupil behaviour
  • 92 % of pupils involved in the project said they enjoyed their lessons more when outdoors
  • with 90 % feeling happier and healthier as a result.

The findings have been released in the summer by the Natural Connections Demonstration project, a four-year initiative to help primary and secondary school children – particularly those from disadvantaged areas – experience the benefits of the natural environment by empowering teachers to use the outdoors locally to support everyday learning.

The project, which is funded by Natural England, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Historic England and delivered by Plymouth University, is the largest project of its kind in England and has already helped more than 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils get out of their classrooms and into the outdoors – whether that’s a maths lesson in a local park or drama out on the school field.

Mountain Training courses – No beards required.


In a bid to encourage more young females to get active outdoors Mountain Training has produced an excellent short film that follows a group on a Mountain Skills course in Snowdonia. 

Watch and share the film by clicking on the image above, or here https://youtu.be/QF-tz-3HqAs

The skills courses are designed for anyone aged 14 and over who wants to transfer their existing walking skills to more mountainous terrain. The team, who all had experience of walking thanks to the expedition element of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, laughed, sang and danced their way through the course.  And not a beard in sight.

The ELC Outdoor Learning Service are providers of both the MT Mountain and Hill Skills courses – please contact outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk if you are interested in us running one of these course for your school or community group.