A quarter of a million children persistently truant from school, missing at least one day every week.*

The reasons for disaffection and low attainment in the classroom are undoubtedly complex, but many agree we need to find ways to make learning more engaging.

Many children struggling in today’s classrooms are practical learners who respond best to practical experiences, learning by doing.

Learning outdoors brings teaching alive.

In surveys of schools that improved their grounds with LTL support, 78 per cent of teachers reported a change in teaching practice,** whilst two thirds observed improved attitudes to learning among their pupils.***

Fresh air and natural light stimulate the brain. Outdoors, noisy behaviour is encouraged and making a mess is allowed. It’s not just PE and biology that can be taught outside: with a little creativity history, art, maths and literacy, in fact the whole curriculum can be taken outdoors. The relationship between teachers and pupils changes, concepts that are abstract theories in the classroom can be brought to life.

Read examples of how using the outside environment creatively has helped to engage pupils in learning.

* DCSF Statistical First Release 29/2009 (20th October 2009). Pupil absence in schools in England, Autumn term 2008 and spring term 2009.

** From a survey of teachers whose schools participated in the RBS Supergrounds programme. Read the RBS Supergrounds evaluation.

*** National School Grounds Survey 2003, Learning Through Landscapes.
Read the survey.

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