Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015

winter skills

We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

Staff CLPL Winter Skills  – Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to

Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact

Bring on the snow!

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 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.