The inside of the classroom is now more energetic and engaging than ever and it is with this dynamism that we are here to make practical links with the outside world that surrounds us. We offer a practical and informed approach that links not only literacy and numeracy but allows personal development and creativity too!
We want our trips and workshops to be inspiring and we stand by the basic principles that they must be fun, informative and relevant. In addition they link with the national curriculum so they can be integrated into your classroom teaching.
Whilst there is one permanent consultant who deals with the day to day running of the enteprise there are additional experts who come and work with us as and when they are needed. People have helped with building websites and publications offering expert guidance where needed so its much more that a one man show all helping promote a network of learning professionals.
In a business sense its ideal as we can draw upon those experts as and when we need them, keeping it efficient but not costly. Largely though, the people we use are qualified teachers and experienced outdoor educators involved in the consultation process as well as local organisations that offer inspiring visits.
Once a wild, long-haired man of adventure, I have put my recent efforts in to providing educational resourcing and guidance in the Devon area. Having worked for numerous organisations and with a range of schools I have found my niche working to my creative strengths to provide top quality functional resources that link the classroom to the outdoors.
The main enterprise is run by Andy Schindler - a fully qualified Geography teacher with a wealth of experience in the outdoors and a thoroughly decent chap
Over the recent years I have worked with a variety of Devon based schools to deliver fieldwork and resources for the Primary Curriculum, Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level specifications, written educational materials for Torbay’s Geopark and The Environment Agency’s LiCCo Project, developed materials to promote Transition Town Totnes’ educational arm, given guidance in GCSE exam preparation, moderated Control Assessment pieces as well as delivering my usual classroom sessions at Teignmouth Community School and coordinating the school’s Comenius Project. I have produced a number of GIS resources closely linked to fieldwork days using Google Earth and GEgraph and have run a number of workshops for schools in the area trying to promote its use.
With what seem like continous changes to the curriculum, increased teacher demands and a health and safety conscious world, I want to provide structure and sense to make those fieldwork visits safe and worthwhile and quite honestly I love it!
Outdoor Learning for Schools has provided a number of excellent fieldwork experiences for both GCSE and A Level students. On each occasion, excellent planning, resourcing and structured classroom based feedback has led to very positive outcomes for students , which is obviously your key concern as a teacher. In addition, whilst every teacher would value the time to create such outstanding bespoke experiences for their own students, in an age when time is non-existent, this is certainly the next best thing. Thoroughly recommended - Simon Risdon, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and formerly Dartmouth Academy
Student's had a fantastic fieldwork experience which they not only enjoyed but stretched and challenged their classroom based learning. The learning supported the curriculum specification whilst also developing their passion for the subject and the outdoors. I'd highly recommend Outdoor Learning for Schools - Millie Harris, KEVICS, Totnes