Our achievements in Scotland
A lot has been achieved in Scotland over the last 15 years:
- Thousands of children have benefited from our transformation programmes. Each year we work in around 40 Scottish schools with the support of corporate, lottery, trust and other partners to help turn uninspiring playgrounds into spaces that add real value to learning and child development. 171 Scottish primary schools have benefited from funding and advice through our RBS-sponsored Supergrounds programme.
- Thousands of Scottish teachers and early years practitioners have taken part in GfL’s practical and hands-on training and conference programmes – equipping them with inspiration, skills and confidence to develop their grounds and use them effectively to support learning, health, citizenship, pupil welfare and social skills.
- We have an effective Scotland-wide delivery network of trained, experienced and accredited professionals who can deliver GfL projects and training on the ground – from Shetland to Gretna.
We help to shape Scottish Government policy, for example through the recent Outdoor Learning Guidelines, which highlight the central role of school grounds in Scottish outdoor learning and the Building Better Schools strategy, which encourages consideration of ‘how to make best use of school grounds and outdoor spaces as an integral part of the learning environment, ensuring that landscape design is on a par with building design’.
We raise the profile of outdoor learning at national events [such as the Scottish Learning Festival] and exposure in the Scottish educational press. At a recent planning meeting, head teachers described good school grounds as ‘no longer just a nice-to-have’.
- Every school in Scotland has access to a wide range of free online resources to inspire and guide the development and use of their grounds and a termly digest of ideas, inspiration and news by email. Hundreds of Scottish schools and nurseries pay an annual subscription to receive additional support resources and services and each year thousands of Scottish children take part in creative outdoor learning activities as part of our National School Grounds Week.
- We have collaborated on projects with a wide range of partners including Learning Teaching Scotland, The Scottish Government, Architecture & Design Scotland, Play Scotland, The Scottish Futures Trust, Eco-schools, Local Authorities and a range of lottery, trust and corporate partners.