New Course for Teachers and School Staff involved in Outdoor Learning

Title: Developing Problem Solving, Initiative Games, Trails and Orienteering for School Sites and Local Countryside Areas

Course No: EDV13P/03

Dates: 10/11 March 2014 (delegates to attend both days)

Cost: £175 per person


This course is designed to give teachers and other school staff sufficient skills and ideas to lead a range of problem solving, initiative games, trails and orienteering activities on school sites, in local parkland and other green spaces. These activities can be used to deliver the PE Curriculum, particularly at KS2, as well as cross curricular activities, team building events and out of school programmes. The course will also help teachers to plan and lead low level countryside walks and introduces a wider range of adventurous activity options to their pupils.


The training will be much more active than classroom based with lots of practical delivery. The course will include planning and safety aspects such as risk assessment as well as introducing a variety of available resources. These will include the Outdoor Learning Cards newly developed by the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel. Delegates with no prior experience are welcome.


Lunch and refreshments are provided.


Delegates will need to wear warm practical clothing, suitable for outdoor wear. Boots and waterproofs can be provided. Any specialist equipment and clothing will be provided as appropriate.  



Each day will start at 09.00 and finish at 16.30 at the following venues:


Day One: Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre

A wide range of initiate games challenges, trails and orienteering exercises will be introduced and developed. The activities work well in a variety of environments from indoor halls and the school playground to open countryside and can be adapted according to pupil abilities.


Day Two: Starting at the Adventure Development Unit, Baildon Recreation Centre

The activities learned on Day One will be adapted and extended to off-site woodland and moorland settings. This will include the planning and leadership of local countryside walks and trails. Further options may be available on Day Two, or to follow up, according to delegates’ needs and prior experience. These may include:

  • Water-based activities such as raft-building and canoe activities with a view to teachers being locally validated to work with pupils at Doe Park Water Activities Centre.
  • Individual pathways for other more adventurous activities such as rock climbing, cycling and archery.


The expectation following the two day course is that teachers and leaders will organise and run outdoor events and sessions for their own pupils. These may be school site based or teachers may plan and lead low level off-site visits to local countryside venues, Doe Park Water Activities Centre or other Outdoor Centres.


To apply please complete the standard course application form and return to the Courses Desk in the usual way. If you have any queries please contact



Published: 13/02/2014
Audience: Teachers and school staff involved in outdoor learning
Contact: Amanda Wright

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