Outdoor Learning Service Redesign

A very well attended Outdoor Learning Service re-launch took place last week with a presentation outlining how the service will continue to move forward, meeting the needs of the East Lothian schools and community.  The presentation  highlights all you need to know about the sevices we offer…



‘Specialist Outdoor Learning Teacher Provision’ – Contact your schools allocated Outdoor Learning Teacher (Martyn or Andy) directly.

‘Adventure Award days’ – Complete the booking form and email to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk . You may wish to discuss this with your schools allocated Outdoor Learning Teacher before booking to tie the award days in with the schools overall outdoor learning programme.

‘Extra curricular/ Extra Requests’ – Complete the booking form and email to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk . You may wish to discuss this with your schools allocated Outdoor Learning Teacher before booking to tie the award days in with the schools overall outdoor learning programme.

‘Summer Activity Programme’ – Keep an eye out for the Summer Programme brochure (should be out to schools on 19th May 2014).  Let young people know they can book onto many outdoor sessions.

‘Staff Development (CLPL) Programme’ – Have a look at the sessions on offer through the website, complete the booking form and email to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk .





On yer Bike

Thanks to a funding grant from Cycling Scotland, your local authority (East Lothian if you weren’t sure!), can offer you free cycle training. This free cycle training is for staff / volunteers and for pupils. More details below.
It is all time bound so please get in touch with Martyn (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk) at Outdoor Learning as soon as possible.


Cycle Training Assistant

Cycle Training Assistants deliver Bikeability training Levels 1 and 2 to school aged pupils.
You need to be a competent cyclist
A one day course (dates of set courses below – please contact us for a bespoke course.)There are courses planned for the following dates (all Fridays 9am to 4pm at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base)

13 Dec 2013
10 Jan 2014
7th Feb 2014
28 Feb 2014
14 March 2014
4 April 2014

A booking form for this course can be found here


Delivery of on-road Bikeability Level 2 Training

As part of the successful bid we have the resources available to parachute an experienced cycle trainer into your school to help you deliver on-road training.

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overtaking and passing side roads
right turns
sharing the road

  1. It is important that all pupils put forward for this training have previously mastered the basic skills required for the awarding of Level 1 Bikeability. All pupils require access to a suitable sized bicycle, helmet and appropriate clothing.
  2. A qualified and experienced trainer will be provided for your school and would require at least one other member of staff/ volunteer to assist.
  3. The training can be delivered on any weekday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  4. It would be really useful if schools who wish to take up this offer could organise pupils so that the trainer could work a whole day – e.g. 4 groups of pupils throughout a day – in order that the best value can be gained from this funding.
  5. In line with ELC guidelines and good practice – no more than 8 pupils at a time will be able to undergo on-road training. All sessions will take place as close as is practicable to the school on reasonable quiet roads.

For those schools who haven’t got any pupils ready to undergo on-road training then please consider organising a Cycle Trainer Assistant course for your staff/parents/volunteers.

As well as the dates above a bespoke course can be delivered at your school (minimum 6 hours). Once again this can be undertaken for no cost

The funding is not available to support any on site training for pupils – it is focused entirely on the road aspects of bikeability training at level 2 and beyond.

If any school is finding that the cost of cover is a barrier to staff attending theses courses then please get in touch as some of the funding is allocated to providing teacher cover costs.

We sincerely hope that your establishment can take up these offers. Whatever the barriers are that may prevent you from doing so then please get in touch and we can endeavour to find some way around them.

Teaching Orienteering Opportunity

Calling all teachers who would like to develop their teaching through the skills of orienteering. Fantastic CLPL opportunity.

Only £20 per person to cover cost of all resources from British Orienteering
Tuesday twilight session 19th Nov and Friday Afternoon 22nd Nov

Book now – here

Quote from previous participant
“Thank you for a great course. Can easily say best course I have ever had in teaching in my 8 years service. The course really enthused me to bring orienteering to our school and the response from the children has been very rewarding”

Teaching Orienteering Part 1

 Who should attend Teaching Orienteering Part 1?
The training is aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres. The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering.

Are there prerequisites?
The only prerequisite is that you must be over 16 years of age. It will be an advantage although not essential if you have knowledge of orienteering prior to the course.

What is a person who has attended a Teaching Orienteering Part 1 trained to do?
Introduce the basic skills of orienteering to beginners in a fun and exciting way on areas that are safe such as school sites or outdoor centre grounds. You will also be able to deliver simple competitions for participants.

What does Teaching Orienteering Part 1 training involve?
On the course you will be provided with the knowledge you require to introduce the basic skills of orienteering and be given the opportunity to discuss and practice using this knowledge. The course is 6 hours and practical in nature and you will be expected to join in with group discussions and activities.

What are the learning outcomes of the training?
•Introduce children to orienteering in a safe environment

•Plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map and include the following skills: map as a bird’s eye view, importance of north, map orientation, use of map colours and commonly used symbols, keeping in contact with the map and “thumbing”.

•Plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering.

•Organise and deliver simple orienteering competition

•Be able to advise children on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

Is there assessment – if so what form does it take?
This course is not assessed; following the training candidates will receive a certificate of attendance. Candidates wishing to gain a formal, assessed qualification should talk to a tutor to identify the most appropriate route for them to take.