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Schools and Outdoor Classrooms

In recent years increasing importance has been placed on the benefits of using the outdoors and nature’s resources for health and mental well being, and Forest School teaching styles have also increased.

Two reports by Dfes (Learning Outside the Classroom, Manifesto, July 2007) and more recently, by Ofsted (Learning outside the classroom, October 2008) where recommendations were made to encourage schools to engage with the ‘Outdoor Classroom’.

We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances
  – Learning Outside the Classroom, Manifesto, Dfes, July 2007

Artemis have been involved in a number of environmentally led school engagement programmes and, in association with Everdon Activity Centre, invited Primary, Infant & Junior (Years 1-6) schools across the county to information seminars titled ‘Raising Attainment Through Enhanced Outdoor Learning Opportunities’, held at Brixworth County Park.

Some featured schools are shown here