Outdoor & Woodland Learning training - guidance for teachers and practitioners

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 11.22.16


Getting started:Are you interested in developing your outdoor teaching and learning practice but baffled by the different terminology? Are you unsure which methods and activities best meet your needs? The aim of this resource is to help you to make informed choices depending on your particular setting, and illustrate clear progression pathways.

Remember, you don’t need formal training or a qualification to take children outdoors, but often training can help you to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in your outdoor practice, and add breadth and depth to the experience of the groups you work with.

Who is this for?This resource has been developed to support teachers, educators, policy makers and anyone involved with outdoor learning, including those using a woodland setting. This includes those interested in the therapeutic value of natural spaces and woodlands for young people and adults with particular needs. There are a wide range of approaches to learning outdoors for different settings and needs. Follow the link to this Outdoor Learning Directory summary table resource listing training programmes and courses provided by Environment & Forestry and partners in Scotland, with links provided for further details on individual courses or programmes.

Outdoor & Woodland Learning North East Group Policy of Procurement

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 06.08.16

A policy of procurement produced and used by the Outdoor & Woodland Learning North East Group.

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OWL Scotland and FCS Summary Resource Flyer

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 04.13.16

A summary flyer listing the key educational resources produced by OWL Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland with source information, age and stage and how to get the resource.

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OWL Scotland Resources

Created by SBP Admin | Published 02.15.16

A downloadable flyer/leaflet setting out the main education resources available from Forestry Commission Scotland and Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland.

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Vocational Learning in the Forestry Sector

Created by OWL Scotland | Published 02.20.15

In 2007 the Scottish Qualifications Authority introduced a range of qualifications called Skills for Work one of which was Rural Skills (Intermediate 1). This further supported the Scottish Progression Award in Rural Skills (Intermediate 2) currently under revision, becoming a National Progression Award in 2009 (April). Both qualifications can be offered in the context of Forestry. These Case Studies look at how Rural Skills have been successfully developed through School Partnerships, with best practise examples.

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