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Covid-19: Ideas for taking learning outside this autumn

During the pandemic, many schools have become more adept at making the most of their outside spaces. How can we ensure that teaching outdoors continues to feature in our planning? Suzanne O’Connell gets some tips from headteacher Emma Barker and the charity Learning through Landscapes

For some schools, making the most of their outside spaces has always been a priority. For others, their importance was highlighted as the pandemic struck and the role of ventilation and staying outdoors as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid became clear. Schools quickly became more creative about how to make the best use of their playgrounds, wild areas and awnings.

Now, as the pandemic rumbles on, many schools will be trying to use their outdoor spaces as much as possible this coming term. So how do we go about building in a proactive and purposeful use of outside areas?

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