Learn in the great out­doors

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Your Say -

AS sum­mer hol­i­days be­come but a dis­tant mem­ory, schools are be­ing encouraged to ap­ply for up to £500 worth of free out­door learn­ing re­sources.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Lo­cal School Na­ture Grants are open un­til No­vem­ber 30 2018 and from the char­ity Learn­ing through Land­scapes, which is dis­tribut­ing £550,000 of fund­ing from Post­code Lo­cal Trust, a char­ity funded en­tirely by play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Through the Lo­cal Schools Na­ture Grants pro­gramme, Learn­ing through Land­scapes wants to trans­form the way we think about out­door ed­u­ca­tion and show the po­ten­tial that ex­ists within all school grounds re­gard­less of their set­ting, em­pow­er­ing teach­ers to be able to take the teach­ing of any sub­ject out­doors.

As well as re­ceiv­ing up to £500 worth of out­door re­sources, schools will be given a two-hour train­ing ses­sion for staff on how to get­ting the most out of the equip­ment.

The learn­ing re­sources and the train­ing ses­sions avail­able are en­tirely cus­tomis­able, mean­ing in­fant, pri­mary and sec­ondary schools can choose which items will best suit their learn­ers and the set­ting that they will be de­liv­ered in. The pro­gramme is also open to spe­cial schools and pupil re­fer­ral units.

Since the fund­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the char­ity and Post­code Lo­cal Trust was launched in 2017, 2,425 school staff have re­ceived train­ing, with an ad­di­tional 500 schools be­ing set to ben­e­fit in 2018.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing ac­tively encouraged from schools whose learn­ers are aged five-plus and are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments for the ben­e­fit of their pupils, staff and the com­mu­nity.

Given that chil­dren in Bri­tain spend an av­er­age of just 16 min­utes a day ex­plor­ing in parks and the coun­try­side, I’m de­lighted that play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery are sup­port­ing this pro­gramme en­abling chil­dren of all ages to get out­side and I’d urge schools to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity and get an ap­pli­ca­tion in.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply for fund­ing, please visit Learn­ing through Land­scapes’ web­site: https://www.ltl.org.uk/ na­ture­grants/guid­ance.php.

Laura Chow

Head of char­i­ties at Peo­ple’s

Post­code Lot­tery

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