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An ethos of outdoor learning: Tips, ideas and lessons learned

From simple beginnings via an eco-club, the outdoor provision at Archbishop Cranmer Academy is now core to the school’s ethos. Melanie Stevens describes their activities and offers ideas and inspiration for others

While hosting a “new to headship” tour at our school recently, there were queries about the excellent behaviour, about what we do to achieve so well academically, about why attendance is so good, and about the children’s good social skills, positive self-esteem and more. The responses to these questions and compliments – from me, the children, and staff – had a common theme: outdoor learning.

No-one needs to tell us how important learning outside the classroom is. We have read about the numerous benefits and know there are countless resources available to support its provision. An online search and you quickly tumble down a rabbit hole of excellent (and often free) resources, activities, and lesson plans.

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