Unlocking Potential

It was great to witness the enthusiasm that is present in probationary teachers across East Lothian for teaching outside of the classroom.

As part of this years probationer programme all teaching staff new to East Lothian were invited to an afternoon session at the Outdoor Learning Base – Musselburgh. The title of the afternoon was ‘Unlocking the Potential of Outdoor Learning’. The outline presentation is available below by clicking on the image.

Unlocking the Potential

The afternoon consisted of short discussion sessions interspersed by a series of simple outdoor learning activities.

All teachers were surprised to be made aware of the alternative Experiences and Outcomes documents hosted on Education Scotland. The symbols of trees and buildings next to every E and O. It is difficult to find an Experience and Outcome which has only a building next to it!

Curriculum guides for Outdoor Learning

Looking forward to hearing about more innovative learning taking place beyond the classroom across East Lothian. Thanks to all staff for a great and enthusing afternoon.

“…excited to apply what I have learned…”
“Great course …”
“Excellent input.”
“…spells outdoor were excellent…kept us all engaged”

Teaching Orienteering 1

ScoreAnother Teaching Orienteering 1 course enthusiatically delivered for Prestonpans Primary School. This British Orienteering designed course is proving very popular across primary schools in order that staff can make the most of their environment and the new maps which have been produced for each and every one of the authorities schools.

19 staff from the school including teachers/classroom assistanst and playground supervisors threw themselves enthusiastically into all aspects of the course (some much more competitively than others!) All came away from the course excited about introducing orienteering to their classess and how orienteering can be used as a hook across many different aspects of the curriculum.

Please contact Martyn (mpegg@elcschool.org.uk) to arrange your own establishment course or click here for the next scheduled course.

For more information on orienteering in Scotland see Scottish Orienteering Association or to join a great local club see East Lothian Orienteers



Can you and your School spend money?

Like to do more CLPL but teaching cover costs an issue?

Need an excuse to get more active?

Would you relish the oportunity to embed active outdoor learning into your yearly plan?

then read on and help us spend grant funding from Cycling Scotland

  • One day Cycle Trainer Assistant Courses (Cycling Scotland recognised course to deliver BikeabilityScotland Levels 1 and 2. This is the minimum course that anyone across the authority should hold to deliver BikeabilityScotland). FREE
  • One full day course – scheduled dates below or can run a bespoke course at your school (minimum particpant number 5 – maximum 12). FREE
  • All cover costs paid for for any school staff -no maximum limit. Want the whole staff to do the course and you can find that number of supply staff the Cycling Scotland funding will cover the supply costs.
  • Volunteers/parent helpers/other interested adults all welcome on these courses. FREE
  • Booking – get in touch direct with Martyn – mpegg@elcschool.org.uk
  • If you would like to do the Cycle Trainer course (4 days) to enable you to deliver all levels of BikeabilityScotland and mentor others then we can organise this for you – again FREE and COVER costs covered.


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Bikeability Training

More Cycle Training Assistant courses available through your Outdoor Learning Service.CTA course brochure

For more information on CTA and other Cycling Scotland courses please click on the image above

These courses are FREE to all staff and volunteers working within East Lothian for schools and community groups. This is made possible through funding from Cycling Scotland. Funding is also available to fund cover costs for staff from schools in order for them to be able to come away from their workplace.

Next programmed course is Friday 5th September at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base.

To book please complete a booking form available here.

Any questions or queries then please get in touch with Martyn (mpegg@elcschool.org.uk or 01316535217)

Book now for 2014/15 and beyond

Specialist Outdoor Learning Teacher ProvisionIMG_5033-1
These days are FREE to schools – limited amount

This is an opportunity for schools to utilise the skills and knowledge of a specialist Outdoor Learning Teacher to work alongside school based teachers to develop lessons/projects to use the outdoor environment and adventurous activities as a medium for delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Adventure Award daysRoss High Silver DofE Sea Kayak
There is a cost to these days of £24 per day (£16 per half day) – presently unlimited number of days to each school

This is an opportunity for young people to gain the skills needed to progress in a range of adventurous activities. Young people have the opportunity to gain local and national certification. All awards meet a range of CfE experiences and outcomes.

Extra curricular/ Extra RequestsPeebles camp
The costs of these days will be £60 per day – presently unlimited number of days for each school

Support the demands on schools and community such as DofE, JMA & Residential experiences and other outdoor learning provision

Staff Development (CLPL) ProgrammeSoutra Gorge MGS
These courses are FREE where possible – please click here. No limit to the amount of CLPL you can book onto.
Add some fresh air to your CLPL programme!

Provide CPD/ CLPL opportunities (including NGB awards) enabling staff to build confidence and pass on skills and knowledge to young people in an outdoor learning environment.


All of the equipment and resources managed by Outdoor Learning is available for use – FREE

To book any type of day please call/email and we will help you complete a booking form if required