CPD Outdoor Learning Staff Development v.2013/14 essential upgrade!

Outdoor Learning Continuing Professional Development Courses for the 13/14 terms are now available for booking.

Why not get yourself upgraded and sign up on one of the many  East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service CPD courses and programmes available to enhance your Outdoor Learning.

As with previous years in 2013/14 there are many opportunities to develop your skills, train for a National Governing Body award or raise your awareness in a variety of Outdoor Learning contexts. These courses  also support the delivery of the curriculum for excellence outdoors.

These CPD courses are all run by qualified Outdoor Learning professionals and will get you confident, qualified and aware of how Outdoor Learning can enhance learning for you, your class pupils, your school or community.

The full range of available courses, and details of how to book can be viewed at the website in the staff development section or you can call the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service (0131 652 5217) for more information. outdoorlearning@eastlothian.gov.uk

Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2013/14

The Outdoor Learning Service hosts short sessions (half day or less) at a number of venues throughout the county available to all primary schools. This years Primary Outdoor Learning Days have been very much in demand. Thanks to all again for participating in these successful days.

The dates for 2013/14 session are now available. These free sessions (in addition to normal school allocated days from the service), staffed by Outdoor Learning Teachers are designed to enhance opportunities to deliver the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning and provide primary pupils with the basic skills and experiences of a variety of adventurous outdoor activities including; Paddlesport,s Orienteering, Rock Climbing &  Indoor Climbing

Find out more :: Chat to your Outdoor Learning Teacher* or visit the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service Edubuzz website

To book/confirm :: Send a request to your Outdoor Learning Teacher/Co-ordinator*

Transport:: These days are free to attend with all technical equipment & teaching provided – you just have to get yourself to the venues.

*North Berwick, Tranent Cluster – Martyn Pegg – mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk,  Musselburgh- Andy Duff aduff@eastlothian.gov.uk,  Prestonpans, Haddington & Dunbar Cluster – Bill Stephen wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2013/14 events.

Winter Hillwalking Skills – CPD 1st-3rd March 2013

This is a residential course (bunkhouse) based in the Northern Cairngorms. This course covers fundamental skills for safe hillwalking in the Scottish hills in winter conditions.  Snowcraft skills covered include navigation snowpack analysis; moving on snow and ice; crampon use; emergency shelters; snowperson building and making snow angels!

The cost covers all transport (from and to Musselburgh, food, accommodation, equipment, and instruction for the weekend. (cost ELC Staff £80.00, Non ELC £120.00) Course departs 4pm on Friday 1st and returns 7pm Sunday 3rd March.

For more details on all these courses please contact the Outdoor Learning Service.  To book a course please email k.christie@eastlothian.gov.uk with your Name/School or Dept/Course Title/Course Dates/Contact Number or call 0131 653 5217.

You can view a range of Outdoor Learning Service Courses by visiting our online brochure here.  Or visit the ELC Outdoor Learning Website on the inspirational East Lothian Council Edubuzz Learning Network.


Indoor Climbing Course CPD Jan/Feb 2013

Some spaces available on this introduction to climbing indoors course. Running over 3 sessions basesd at Tranent and then some options to venture a bit further to Alien Rock and EICA at Ratho. (entry fees will apply) . This course will help you develop your your skills, and confidence in using indoor climbing walls

Friday Evenings – 25th Jan 2013, 1st Feb and 8th feb 4.30-8pm (1st session at Tranent 1600-1800).

Cost ELC Staff free – (Wall entry fees will apply for Ratho and Alien).

To Book Contact East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service 0131 653 5217

or email k.christie@eastlothian.gov.uk

More info on outdoor Learning CPD Courses – visit the online brochure here.

Outdoor Learning – Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor and Assessor Training Jan. 2013

Two courses for those interested in organising and assessing Duke of Edinburgh award courses in East Lothian will be run in January 2013. Courses will be based at the East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service. These DofE accredited courses are essential learning for those embarking on D of E programmes.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor training, Thursday 17th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

Aimed at ELC staff and volunteers. This course covers understanding the role of the Expedition Supervisor, Assessor and other adults involved in the delivery of the Expedition section.  Attendance will develop Expedition Supervisors with an understanding and consistent interpretation of their role and responsibilities within the DofE, ensuring a high quality expedition experience for all young people.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor training, Wednesday 30th January 2013, 09.30am – 3.30pm

For ELC staff and volunteers. This course provides the opportunity for new Expedition Assessors to have their training, skills and learning accredited by the DofE and nationally recognised. The programme has been designed to provide Expedition Assessors with a clear and consistent understanding of their role and responsibilities.

(Cost Free – ELC Staff/Volunteers – External Staff/Volunteers £40.00)

To book please contact the Outdoor Learning Service k.christie@eastlothian.gov.uk 0131 653 5217

More CPD opportunities at the Outdoor Learning Website – or visit our online brochure.

Primary Outdoor Learning Days 2012/13 …last few places available…





The Primary Outdoor Learning days so far have been well subscribed. These additional days on top of outdoor school provision already provided by the service are designed to encourage schools to get pupils involved in outdoor learning. So far a very successful year ;

  • 440 pupils have attended the Paddlesport Sessions and  taken part in Paddlepoower Start Awards
  • 125 Pupils attending the Climbing/Indoor Climbing sessions
  • 700 Pupils attending Orienteering sessions around East Lothian

These free sessions, staffed by ELC Outdoor Learning Service Teachers build pupils skills in these activities as well as the generic skills and benefits from engaging in experiential and outdoor learning . The sessions also benefit pupils and schools by providing further opportunities to enhance delivery of the core capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning.

There are only a few spaces left for the Orienteering sessions and Indoor Climbing – get in touch to book a session & you can check availability here.

wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk  0131 653 5217.

S6 Outdoor Learning Challenge Friday 7.12.12

The final Outdoor Learning Challenge of this season is on Friday the 7th December 2012. So far this year, teams from Knox Academy have been successful in bringing home the trophies for all the events. Congratulations to Knox and to all school teams for their amazing efforts so far . The S6 challenge will be your school’s opportunity to prevent a Knox 2012 Grand Slam!

A mixture of problem solving, navigation and outdoor adventure this years event is at Yellowcraig at 1000-1500 on the 7th December. Get your S6 teams entered for this crucial event now. Email wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk to enter or call the  Outdoor Learning Service  0131 653 5217

For info on all challenges and the amazing Outdoor Learning opportunities to enhance learning and the CfE visit the Outdoor Learning Service webpage.



Outdoor Learning – Come and Try It – Indoor Climbing

CATI : Indoor Climbing  Friday 30th November 2012 -1330-1700

Part of a programme of free courses open to all council staff. Primarily targeted at council staff who work with young people. These mini adventures will give confidence and ideas to encourage young people into ever more activity and potentially integrate these activities into a learning programme and support the Curriculum for Excellence outcomes & capacities.

Courses facilitated by a member of the Outdoor Learning Service. Come along and see how Indoor climbing can support  learning.

To book  a place call Keith Christie at Outdoor Learning  0131 653 5217 k.christie@eastlothian.gov.uk

Course will be based at the Tranent Climbing Wall

SCA Go Canoeing 2012

On the 29th September 2012 as an SCA approved centre East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning we will be offering some sessions for anyone in the community to try canoeing as part of the SCA Go Canoeing initiative.

Sessions cost £15 per person. No previous experience is required, all equipment will be provided. Adults and children are welcome , with a minimum age of 9 (accompanied by adult).

Go Canoeing is a fantastic way to get active and experience what the great Scottish outdoors has to offer.  The sessions aim to inspire people to explore paddlesports and encourage more people onto the water.   The sessions are suitable for any ability – from complete beginners to experienced paddlers, and are open to adults, children and families. Come along and give paddlesports a go!

You can  book online- and for more details click here. You can  also see details at the Scottish Canoe Association web page, and more information about getting involved in the fastest growing sport in the UK.

Details too on the BBC!