Evidence of impact of Outdoor Learning published

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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.