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.
Invitation – Developing a Midlothian Outdoor Learning Strategy – Working Group Meeting Friday 6th October 2017 1330-1500
Outdoor learning is becoming an increasingly popular and powerful approach to learning across our schools in Midlothian. As an authority we recognise the importance of this approach and need to grow opportunities for our young people to have “regular and frequent” outdoor learning opportunities that are embedded within the curriculum areas.
Educational visits and Outdoor Learning experiences provide exiting opportunities for our young people to contribute to their learning, allow establishments to develop pupil attainment and deliver many of the elements of the current HGIOS4 framework and the Curriculum for Excellence.
Many of you are already active and providing excellence in this area & there are many great examples of highly successful uses of outdoor learning across the region. A sustainable & cohesive strategy is required however, across Midlothian to enable continued success and to enhance and link these experiences to attainment and learning.
With this and other aims in mind we wish to create a working group that can help shape, develop and enable an outdoor learning strategy for the region that could ultimately result in more of our learners benefiting from successful outdoor learning experiences.
We intend to hold a first meeting on the 6th October 2017 1330-1500 – (Venue TBCF based on expected attendance numbers)
We seek interested parties and “outdoor learning and visit champions” to attend & contribute to what we hope will be an exciting opportunity to develop opportunities for our learners and provide also a local working network for outdoor learning within Midlothian.
Email us at email@example.com confirm if you hope to attend. A more detailed agenda and suitable venue will be notified once numbers are confirmed in the coming weeks.
Last academic year an amazing 1023 Midlothian pupils attended Outdoor Learning Service Discover sessions, and many progressed on to attend our successful Orienteering festival (500+) and Biking festival(250 +)
This year in addition to our bespoke Outdoor Learning programmes arranged directly with schools, we will be running again our successful and popular Discover Outdoor Leaning days aimed at Primary school classes to encourage more of our pupils to learn outdoors.
Our Discover Outdoor Learning Sessions this year are aimed at ;
The information booklet available here (Or click on the picture) gives all the details you need to book for this year and attend as well as links to further information regarding curriculum links and further participation as well as;
Midlothian Orienteering Festival 2018
Midlothian Mountain Biking Festival 2018
Please contact the named Outdoor Learning Teacher as per the booklet if you wish to arrange attendance at one of these popular advertised sessions.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2017-18 year for some exciting Discover Outdoor Learning Days.
13th June 2017 what a day! 250 pupils from 10 Midlothian Primary schools took part in the Midlothian Bike Festival 2017 at Beeslack High School. Well done to all pupils at the event you really impressed with your skills. Congratulation’s to Mauricewood Primary School who were the overall team winners. The results can be found here – Mid Bike Fest 2017 RESULTS
Sean Fallon (Midlothian Council Outdoor Learning Teacher) the event organiser commented that “Midlothian have some seriously talented and resilient P6 and P7 cyclists” after watching some impressive action on the skills and cross country competition courses.
The event was organised by the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service and supported by a host of partners including Ikea, Tesco, Alpine Bikes, Endura and others. We are confident that pupils and staff will enjoy cycling more as a result and encourage others to get out and pedal too.
Jonathan Stranberg from Ikea, one of our sponsors “was impressed with the set up” and remarked that “all the pupils were having a great time”. This is testament to all the hard work and effort of all the volunteers and staff from a wide range of organisations supporting the event. We would like to say a HUGE thanks from the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service to everyone who helped.
If you were inspired by this amazing event get in touch withMidlothian Outdoor Learning Service for support with cycling activities. Its never too early to sign up for next years event which takes place on the 13th June 2018.
Well done to all our Endeavour and Resilience nominees: