outdoor curriculum training courses

We run courses for enthusiasts and professionals covering many aspects of the outdoors and related activities. Courses are endorsed by the relevant national governing body or professional Institution. They include both personal skill development and coaching courses, many of which are used in a school or voluntary sector environment.

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Outdoor Learning Card Training

A course for anyone looking for new ideas and activities in the outdoors.

The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) has developed and designed a range of outdoor learning support resources to help educational professionals to integrate outdoor learning into the curriculum.

This is a new one day course that will train teachers and youth workers in how to deliver exciting and inspirational outdoor learning activities using the 50 Outdoor Learning Card resources.

The training will cover four elements:

  • team building and problem solving
  • orienteering
  • bouldering
  • journeying.

These activities can be used for Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3 in a variety of situations. Each participant receives training and sets of learning cards can be purchased individually.

Courses take place at the following locations:

  • Henley Fort, Guildford
  • High Ashurst, Mickleham near Dorking
  • Thames Young Mariners, Richmond near London

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Ideas to Develop Creative Woodland Sessions in your Outdoor Space for ages 8-16 years (Key Stage 2 and 3)

This is a practical course designed to give you the skills and confidence to offer creative woodland activities to groups of young people. The course will include:

  • Making a fire and fire lighting
  • Cooking and types of food, for example dough twists, stews
  • Tool work, for example making key rings, kazoos, charcoal pencils

There will be information and advice on best use of equipment.

We will provide all equipment including ingredients. Lunch will be cooked on the open fire.

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Developing your School Woodland area for Outdoor Learning

This training is an introduction to using and developing your woodland area for outdoor educational and learning activities. This will be aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2. It will cover the following areas:

  • understanding and preparing your woodland area for learning
  • safe group management in your woodland area
  • affordable resources/equipment you might require for your woodland area
  • simple activities and tasks to use in your woodland area.

We aim to give you the skills and confidence to use your woodland area as a safe, creative and inclusive learning environment.

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Implementing Outdoor Learning into your School Curriculum

Our Staff welcome the opportunity to come and visit you at your school to discuss how to develop a ‘whole school approach’ to using outdoor learning in your school curriculum.

This will include:

  • Looking at ways in which outdoor learning can be delivered e.g. in school, educational visits, residential visits etc
  • How outdoor learning can become embedded, progressive and curriculum linked
  • Training opportunities  for your school staff, individually or bespoke packages for inset days

We aim to inspire you to increase the amount of outdoor learning your school uses and make the most of these experiences from a learning and development perspective.

Please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to arrange your school visit.

British Orienteering: Teaching Orienteering Part 1 - Introduction to Orienteering

This training day is aimed at teachers, youth sector workers and people working in schools and outdoor centres.

The training delivers the knowledge, understanding and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering. It will introduce the basic skills of orienteering to beginners in a fun and exciting way on areas that are safe such as school sites or outdoor centre grounds. You will also be able to deliver simple competitions for participants.


On this practical course you will be provided with the knowledge you require to introduce the basic skills of orienteering and be given the opportunity to discuss and practice using this knowledge.

What are the learning outcomes of the training?

  • introduce children to orienteering in a safe environment
  • plan sessions which introduce the basic understanding of how to use an orienteering map
  • plan and deliver orienteering sessions that meet the safety standards required by British Orienteering.
  • organise and deliver simple orienteering competition
  • be able to advise children on the opportunities to further their orienteering experience

Governing Body: British Orienteering
More info: British Orienteering

PESS members discount available, please contact us.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme

The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is a suite of interlinked training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in on or near water to meet their civil and statutory safety management obligations (especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities).

Aims

  • Enable the facilitation, encouragement and enjoyment of safer open water activity by equipping those who work in, on or near water with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about safety.
  • Develop personal safety skills for lone workers operating in a water-based environment.
  • Develop aquatic emergency response skills.

Who is it for?

Teachers, Technicians, Outdoor Activity Instructors, DofE Leaders, Countryside Rangers, Community Safety Wardens, Dock workers, Construction workers, the Emergency Services – everyone and anyone who works in, on or near water.

Overview

This is an entry level course.

Level 1: Basic Water Safety Management – this half day course requires a 2 hour self study unit prior to the course. This is theory and practical based. You will not be required to enter the water.

Level 2: Environment Specific – half day in still water. This is theory and practical based. You will be required to enter the water at the end of the session.

Further modules in beach, river, life support and the Level 3 element water rescue unit can be arranged.

Further information can be found here.

Governing body and for more info: Royal Life Saving Society UK RLSS

Dates to be confirmed. Bespoke courses can be arranged, please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

This course is delivered at Thames Young Mariners. We can provide courses at your venue providing you have a suitable environment.. For example, If you have a lake or at your school / work place.

Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference 19 - everyday outdoor learning

Date: Friday 29th March 2019

Start time: 8.30am light breakfast, refreshments and networking. 9am conference begins.
Finish time: 4pm
Location: High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre nr Dorking, Surrey
Cost: £150 per delegate to include light breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Early bird price £130 until 21st December 2018

Taking learning into the outdoors everyday!

Our conference will be a lively day of hands on and practical workshops as well as speeches from inspiring and motivational speakers.

Key note speakers:

  • Nick Baker - Naturalist and TV Presenter
  • Dr Roger Greenaway - Reviewing Outdoors
  • Anita Kerwin-Nye - Outdoor Citizens Campaign and EEF research
  • Dr Roger Hopper - National Outdoor Learning Award (NOLA)

Workshops will include:

  • Wild Words in the Woods
  • Adventurous arithmetic
  • Playground puzzles
  • History hunters
  • 10 minute team tasks for physical activity
  • Relight my fire!
  • Tremendous Trees – drama and literacy
  • Easy Ecology for Teachers
  • The Brilliance of Bees – science and food
  • Life in a Bucket
  • How to review your outdoor learning experiences
  • Taking the science curriculum outdoors
  • LOtC schools mark
  • How to make your residentials really Brilliant!
  • National Outdoor Learning Award (NOLA)

Who should attend:

KS1 and 2 Head/Deputy Head Teachers, primary sports coordinators, outdoor education coordinators or any primary school educationalist passionate about getting children into the outdoors. Also suitable for teachers involved with transition from primary to secondary and OAA in KS3.

Getting to High Ashurst:

High Ashurst is about 10 minutes from the M25 junction 9. For those delegates travelling by train, there will be a local pick up at Dorking station. Please request at time of booking.

Download the flyer (PDF)

Bespoke group courses

If there is a group of you that would like to undertake a course together please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk.