TAKING THE CURRICULUM OUTDOORS
Anita works with Early Years and Primary teachers through consultancy, training and project management, helping them explore opportunities for outdoor learning and embedding this in their curricula. She also works with schools to develop and improve their grounds, using a collaborative, holistic and sustainable process of change which engages the whole school community and provides numerous contextual learning experiences for pupils. Anita co-authored the publication Schools for the Future: Designing School Grounds with the Department for Education and Skills.
Anita is a qualified teacher with a passion for the outdoors which led her to focus on learning outside the classroom, developing programmes and managing education centres.
Tim specialises in empowering and enabling teaching staff to build adventurous programmes of outdoor learning for their schools.
He taught Geography in a secondary school, regularly using the outdoor environment to enhance the students’ experience. This led to a realisation that young people learn faster and at a deeper level by being immersed in real-life situations. As well as running outdoor and adventurous education for schools for the last 20 years, Tim has led and developed the corresponding training for teachers to enable them to embed this outdoor learning within their curricula.
Tim’ s wealth of experience enables him to tailor the right programme for the right group, whether a year 3 class studying the stone age or a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group expedition in the remote Atlas Mountains.
Dave is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Cumbria looking at the reach, capacity and potential for outdoor learning. He has been actively involved with teacher training and outdoor learning curriculum development since 2009, working with the Institute for Outdoor Learning to establish the ‘Enabling Outdoor Learning’ INSET programme.
Dave holds an MA (Education) and a PGCE teaching qualification in Outdoor Education. He is also a leading member of the IOL (LPIOL) and a primary school governor.
Prior to starting his PhD Dave was Head of Centres for Brathay Trust, leading and managing provision in three residential outdoor centres. He was the national Chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) from 2012 – 2015, and chair of the AHOEC’s Gold Standard centre accreditation scheme group from 2015 – 18.
Jim has a passion for engaging groups with the natural world. He has worked with international schools training teachers to use their local environments for learning, as well as running residential courses and expeditions for their students. Jim specialises in embedding outdoor learning in the secondary curriculum.
He has published a range of educational resources to enable teachers to educate outside the classroom and is the co-author of the publication Environmental Learning Cards, produced by the Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel. He is also an active STEM ambassador.
Jim holds an MSc (Distinction) in Conservation and Land Management and has worked with a wide range of students teaching field studies in Ecology, Geography and Science..