It’s no surprise to the Outdoor Learning Team that our close partnership work with schools can support students in raising attainment. When making bookings with teachers we highlight how the unique opportunities we provide can do this. Now we have produced an ‘Outdoor Learning Service Raises Attainment’ table that clearly identifies and details – how our service achieves this. This document details Case Studies which show the depth and breath of the lessons we provide.
The table has 5 key sections;
1. Experiences provided – these are the different possible outcomes from the outdoor experiences we provide. Each outcome can contribute to raising attainment.
2. How does this raise attainment? – this column details how each experience raises attainment – what is it specifically about that activity.
3. What does this look like? – here more detail is provided on the type of group and the kind of experiences that have taken place.
4. Case studies – this column provides hyper-links to actual case studies.
5. How can this be measured? – here the tools we can use to measure our impact are highlighted.
This table can be used when considering future programmes with the Outdoor Learning Service. The table can be found by clicking on this link.
A fantastic evidenced based report has been completed by the Low Port Centre in West Lothian. The projects aim was to raise attainment in literacy and numeracy thourgh ‘Outdoor Learning Hubs’. To find out more about it click here.
If you have any further comments or examples regarding how you are using Outdoor Learning in your classroom we are always keen to hear them at the Outdoor Learning Service.
A huge thanks to all our Midlothian establishments who completed our recent 2017 Outdoor Learning Service user survey.
The Survey is now closed and the results are in.
We are delighted that so many took the time to make such positive comments about the quality of how we engage with schools to deliver Outdoor Learning to our pupils across the region.
100% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that:
Teaching sessions delivered were effective in connecting with learners needs
Equipment, teaching materials supplied and venue used were appropriate for your learners
Outdoor Learning Teachers were professional, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful at all stages
Outdoor Learning Teachers dealt appropriately with the welfare and safety of the learners
97% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that:
Sessions were effective in connecting with the curriculum and planned learning outcomes
Learners enjoyed their outdoor learning experiences when using the service
Midlothian Council Outdoor Learning Service was good value
The comments on how you value the service and how it contributes to the breadth of education provided in Midlothian are also much appreciated. You can see the full survey results at the link below.
We are always striving to improve the service and your feedback will input directly to our 2018-20 service plan.
Thank you all for your support in making our service succeed. We look forward to working with you further in 2018 -19 to develop exiting outdoor learning opportunities linked to curriculum and school improvement plans that help us all continue to raise attainment and learning across Midlothian and deliver Educational Excellence.
It has been another amazing year for Outdoor Learning in Midlothian. With usage of the service increasing again and more and more schools engaging in more varied programmes of Outdoor Learning, providing powerful and potentially life changing experiences for our pupils and young people across Midlothian.
As highlighted in the recent Midlothian Education Attainment report “Creating a world-class education system: Attainment and Achievement 2017”
“Outdoor Learning provision and Educational visits continue to be a powerful and important part of our approach to learning in Midlothian.
Continued growth in use of outdoor learning is reflected in the increase in the number of educational visits and demand for support by educational establishments through the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service.
Outdoor Learning is embedded within the Curriculum for Excellence and aspires to be regular and frequent for all pupils. Schools are increasingly using educational visits and outdoor learning as part of the educational mix to improve both academic attainment and health and wellbeing of our pupils from early years to the senior phase”
Some highlights :
Growth – 92% increase from 2014 to 2017 in Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service (MOLS) sessions delivered.
Participation across Primary and Secondary 2016/17 – 3200 + pupil participant days using MOLS + 1800 pupils attended annual Midlothian “Discover” events and Festivals
Educational Visits – over 9000 recorded for 2016/17 period (via new EVOLVE online visit planning and approval system introduced 2015 )
CLPL – 104 Visit leaders & 42 Visit Coordinators trained across Midlothian since 2015 using nationally accredited course.
Training – 900 First Aid Certificates issued since 2014 with successful SQA accreditation achieved for first aid qualifications delivered by MOLS from 2017
Establishment support – Increase in % of all educational establishments using MOLS in 2016/17 year.
Pupil Safety – continued successful Adventure Activities (AALS) licence inspections & new outdoor learning activities added in 2017. Improving safety of educational visits supported via (via new EVOLVE online educational visit planning and approval system introduced 2015 )
Supporting partnerships88% Schools using service – Growing demand for wider achievement programmes with schools (e.g’s. Duke of Edinburgh, JASS Schools, John Muir Award)
Financial Assistance Continuing management and use of Outdoor Learning financial assistance fund to support eligible learners within Midlothian.
2017/18 is also already a huge continued growth year for the service & establishments also showing increase in offsite educational visits and as we start to look to 2018/19 we encourage establishments to get in touch with your Outdoor Learning Teacher at the service for 2018/19 as next years diaries are already filling up!
A huge thanks to all our staff within the learning community who make this happen. As our learning community and school establishments increase we are looking forward to working with you all to continue to develop and grow our pupil participation in outdoor learning in 2018/19.
After the success of our Ski Aosta 2017 visit , we are off again! – On Saturday 9th February 2019 (Midlothian schools 1/2 term) we will once again be leaving for the AOSTA valley in Northern Italy for a week of amazing skiing.
The visit using INTERSKI and qualified Midlothian leaders and volunteers includes 6 days of snowsports and includes 4 hours of instruction per day, equipment hire, transport, half board accommodation & snack lunch. Evening activities and insurance are also included
Aimed at our Primary and Secondary pupils this visit is an excellent opportunity for those pupils wishing to increase their skiing skills that they may have experienced through the after school, and schools ski programmes through active Schools and Midlothian Ski centre at Hillend
There are a number of limited spaces available. For more details on the visit and how to get involved you can download the ski visit brochure below that gives wider information on the visit and also download the poster/flyer if you wish to advertise within your school
We will be hosting an information evening for those already booked and others interested in joining this amazing opportunity on the 16th January 1900 at Penicuik High School LLE Room 1 – Come and join us and find out more.
You can also book NOW by completing the Booking form (available in the brochure above ) and at the link here.
You can new now view the First Aid training course dates for 2018 run by the Outdoor Learning Service at our website. Training dates have been spread across the year (including some INSET day scheduled courses) to allow our schools and staff to access more easily throughout 2018
To view and book any of these courses see the links below – or access through the CLPL dropdown menu.