Tell us your views

The council is sharing detailed information on its school buildings with a new website giving a full picture of its estate at individual school, cluster and East Lothian level.

The website – – brings together information on the condition, suitability and capacity of existing schools and the council is keen to hear the views of families, communities and learners.

This is part of the development of a Learning Estate Investment Plan for East Lothian. The plan will set out the council’s investment priorities for its schools to make sure that all facilities support high quality teaching and learning equally across the county, and to outline the investment needed for this to happen. It will also consider how school buildings support community use.

To share your feedback you can:


The feedback will be analysed alongside the results of the online questionnaire that was held in February and presented at a future council meeting. For more information, including dates of event in your area and a link to the questionnaire, visit

The pre-consultation will close on 10 December 2021.

Outdoor Learning Teacher Job

Teacher, Outdoor Learning – East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service
Location: Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Salary: £27,498.00 – £41,412.00 per year – plus additional allowances
Closing Date: 15th August 2021

East Lothian Council is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated teacher on a permanent, full time or part time/ job share basis, to use the outdoor environment and adventurous activities as an approach, to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.

The teacher will be responsible for assisting with the successful delivery of the Outdoor Learning service vision:

  • To enable every East Lothian Council school to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence using the outdoor environment.
  • To assist schools in delivering regular and frequent outdoor learning which is sustainable, high quality, progressive and linked directly to the relevant experiences and outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • To be regarded nationally as high quality educators of Outdoor Learning providing valued input to national organisations and best practice initiatives.

The vision can be achieved by working directly with members of school staff and designing individual, tailor made teaching programmes and resources for the curriculum and relevant key ‘Experiences and Outcomes’.  Delivery of the programmes (dependent on qualifications) is either carried out by the member of school staff, the Outdoor Learning teacher or Outdoor Learning associate/ freelance staff.

The Outdoor Learning Service provides support, advice throughout council services and delivers wide range of Outdoor Learning Staff Development (CLPL) courses.

The Service is made up of a Principal Teacher Outdoor Learning, two Outdoor Learning Teachers and an Outdoor Learning Technician, plus Associate/ Freelance Instructors who work on a casual basis.  The staff have a broad range of outdoor national governing body qualifications.

The Service is responsible for maintaining East Lothian Council’s Adventure Activities Licence. 

East Lothian offers a rich variety of landscapes for land and watersports activities.  With the Lammermuir Hills to the south, a coastline of broad sandy beaches and rugged cliffs to the north and east, and an expanse of arable farmland, woods and rivers between.  The local environment offers not only a significant potential for adventurous activities it is also an ideal setting for more traditional curricular study i.e. Geography, Biology, History etc.  We are not constrained to East Lothian and have the ability to offer courses further afield.

Outdoor Learning Teachers will have responsibility to develop and manage their own programmes.

To find out more including how to apply please visit:

Further information about the service can be found here:

Web –

Twitter – @eloutdoored

Facebook – @elcoutdoorlearning

Instagram – @eloutdoored


Calling all across East Lothian. Join in with a bit of Easter fun with our photo Orienteering #EasterOHunt.
7 towns across East Lothian have a map similar to below for Haddington with accompanying photos given a letter. The 7 towns are Dunbar; North Berwick; Haddington; Cockenzie/Port Seton; Prestonpans; Tranent and Musselburgh. All courses can be found on the link at the bottom of this page or by clicking on the town name above.

Prizes include Bushcraft, Trail Cycling, Mini-Expedition from Venturing Out; Wakeboarding from Foxlake and Surfing from Active Schools delivered by Coast to Coast surf school.

Your fun is to head out and navigate to the numbered points in your town and match the photo with the numbered pin.

Please share your efforts with photos and comments on social media mentioning your school and @ELOutdoorEd (twitter/ Instagram/ Facebook) and using the hashtag #EasterOHunt. Participation prizes will be awarded. (Open to all pupils at ELC schools) Please complete your course before the end of the school Easter holidays – by the 19th April. If you prefer you can email or post evidence of your participation.

Please do not post evidence of your answers – we may ask for answers only if you are chosen for a prize. Suitable evidence of participation may include photos of you out and about in your town by the control pictures or similar.

The courses and photos are able to be viewed online. Please only print if absolutely necessary and your are able to. If necessary you could ask your school to print off a copy for you.

We look forward to sharing your stories of discovering your town through a little bit of physical activity.

All of these courses have been developed by DR – a wonderful volunteer in Outdoor Learning and a fantastic orienteering coach.

All of the courses can be found at the link below. Any problems or feedback then please contact us

North Berwick
Cockenzie and Port Seton

New Courses for 2021

We are pleased to announce a heap of new courses and regulated qualifications for January onwards. These include:

Regulated First Aid

SQA accredited with a mix of distanced learning online via Google and face to face practical sessions in a ‘covid-secure’ environment.

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – basic first aid for life-threatening emergencies
  • First Aid at Work – for higher risk environments including secondary schools
  • Paediatric First Aid – recommended for anyone working in Early Years and would replace any current FAW qualification

Outdoor First Aid

ELC accredited 2 day course – fully outdoors.

SQA Accredited First Aid for Mental Health

1 day and 2 day distanced learning courses available (SCQF Level 5 and 6). You can jump in at any level without the need for prior learning or experience.


Lowland Leader Award qualifications, accredited by Mountain Training. Full course outdoors.

Our courses are also available to non ELC staff. Joining instructions for each course clearly set out the pre-requisites and any regulatory/assessment requirements for the qualification.

All training hours contribute to any required CPD/CLPL hours. Waiting lists are available for MiDAS and Cycling training.

Get ahead of the game and view our full Course Calendar here.