First Aid for Mental Health Distance Learning Courses

We are pleased to announce that while our face to face courses are currently postponed, we are now in a position to offer our First Aid for Mental Health Training via distanced learning.  This is a great opportunity to add to your CLPL portfolio.

The 2 day, Level 6 course takes approximately 14 hours in total, made up of a combination of self-directed tasks and guided learning through group video conference.  Assessment for the course is via one-to-one professional discussion with the course assessor, again via video conference.  Final assessments will be recorded and submitted to the Awarding Body for quality assurance purposes.

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Dates and times are still to be decided but you can email to register your interest and we will be in touch to confirm details.

When face to face training is back up and running, we will also be able to offer Learners in possession of the 1 day, Level 5 course the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to Level 6.  Details of this conversion course to follow.

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Our primary channel will be Twitter @eloutdoored

We are also on Instagram @eloutdoored and Facebook @elcoutdoorlearning

Mapping out Literacy

This week’s Outdoor Learning theme is Literacy. We’re each writing our own “Outdoor Guide to North Berwick Children’s Hub”, and where better to start the book than a map?


Literacy and Environmetal Art

What do ice-creams, whale’s jawbones and puffins all have in common? Well today the pupils of the Hub all agreed they were all “icons” for North Berwick in our outdoor learning literacy week



The ELC OLS team have come together (virtually) to produce a video promoting staying at home and staying safe to help protect the NHS and other front-line workers and to save lives.

Hopefully you will agree its well worth a couple of minutes out of your day to watch and think about the message…

East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition – Wednesday 20th May 2020


2020 EL Schools’ Orienteering competition will take place at John Muir country Park.

This fantastic sporting opportunity is available to all Primary students from P4 to P7. A little previous experience through some orienteering training at school is required for entry – please talk to your PE specialist. Unlimited numbers so please feel free to bring along whole classes or even year groups. Entry is free. All P4/5 will be required to compete as pairs. P6/7 can decide whether to compete solo or as a pair.

Typical Course

John Muir Country Park. Bus parking available; toilets; beach; playpark. Walk/ Cycle from Dunbar /West Barns. If any school getting train we can arrange pick up and drop off from railway station. Buses stop at entrance to JMCP – 106,120, 130, 253 X7. The park is on the route National Cycle Network 76.

Wednesday the 20th May 2020. Competitors may arrive for registration anytime from 0900 to 1430. Course will close at 1530

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time choosing your own best route.

Regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved social skills, integration into peer groups and extending social networks for young people. It is also associated with reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in young people…
British Heart Foundation (2014)

Orienteering Experiences and Outcomes across all Levels

The course itself will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Registration will take a couple of minutes and the walk to the start will take approximately 10 minutes. Pupils will be set off with at least a 30 second interval between each competitor. For 30 children expect to be on site for a minimum of 75 minutes. We will have other orienteering activities near registration and there is a play park on site and the wonders of the beach along with toilets – so feel free to plan to stay longer.

Results will be live at the venue throughout the day. Each competitor will receive a certificate and there will be opportunities promoted for taking their orienteering further with local club links

To take part
Please register your school with numbers and arrival time with Martyn – at by Friday 1st May