P5 Orienteering

Bring your P5’s orienteering – a sport for all across the curriculum. 8 days of Orienteering across East Lothian in the last two weeks of November.

Along with lots of Orienteering activities and line courses your pupils will be able to pit themselves against the worldwide orienteering phenomenon of World Orienteering Maze.

This is free to East Lothian Council Schools and available slots/ venues can be found here. In order to secure your slot please complete a booking form Skills for Adventure Sports Orienteering.

Orienteering Maze

Your Outdoor Learning Service can provide Orienteering training for your staff and help you develop O throughout the school. Please contact us at outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk for more information.

Every school and local park throughout East Lothian is mapped for O. All educators with an edubuzz email can access that resource here

Windygoul PS O Map

Become a Paddlesport Instructor

Enjoyed being on the water over summer? Enamoured with Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sit on top kayaking etc? Make your passion part of your work and become a Paddlesport Instructor. Ready to take the plunge?

Coming up on 3 consecutive Fridays – by the end of these successful 3 days you will achieve the status of British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor.

Friday 30 September 2022 – Foundation Safety and Rescue Course – essential learning for all prior to undertaking Paddlesport Instructor.

Friday 7 October and Friday 14 October – Paddlesport Instructor Course

To book please follow this link

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running
paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs,
centres or other organisations in:
 ‘Very Sheltered Water’ environments;
 craft deemed suitable for a first time experience.
The primary role of the Paddlesport Instructor is to deliver safe and enjoyable
taster/starter sessions based on their group’s needs and aspirations. The
qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group
and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support
learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and
exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be
delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.
We anticipate that the qualification is likely to be used by instructors in clubs,
centres, schools, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Groups, Uniformed Groups, etc.
Instructors who are involved in running taster/starter sessions for:
 children and young people as part of a wider educational experience;
 people as part of a leisure, activity, social or holiday experience;
 people wanting ‘to have a go’ at the sport; maybe as a potential new
regular participant.

Further information regarding this British Canoeing course on the Scottish Canoe Association website


We are running our #EasterOHunt2022 across East Lothian. The idea is to to encourage more local adventures around your local town, discover hidden places and have fun. Join in with a bit of Easter fun with our photo Orienteering #EasterOHunt2022

7 towns across East Lothian have a map similar to below with accompanying photos. Take a walk, run, wheel around your town and match up the numbered locations to the correct lettered photo. All courses can be found on the link at the bottom of this page by clicking on the town name.

There are participation prizes which will be allocated after April 30th.

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 #EasterOHunt2022 Participation prizes will be awarded. (Open to all pupils at ELC schools) Please complete your course before the 30th April.

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 you 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 links below. Any problems or feedback then please contact us outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

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 – www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ler – 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 www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ler

The pre-consultation will close on 10 December 2021.