The guide to High Quality Outdoor Learning is published by The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC) and other key partners.

As many schools take a pause on school trips, now is an ideal time to reflect on the maximising the value from adventurous and residential trips with pupils. This guide is ideal for anyone organising school trips, outdoor learning, residential trips and adventurous activities.

The guide clearly outlines the benefits of working in such contexts and has been written to help you evaluate and then set about improving, or further improving, the quality of outdoor learning. In support of this, ten key outcomes of outdoor learning have been identified with a range of indicators attributed to each one. These indicators can be used to support any improvement work, which will often be enhanced by working closely with partners.

Our work at LtL using school grounds and local spaces usually feeds into these learning experiences. The progression of experiences outdoors is important, from school grounds to a Gold Duke of Edinburgh canoe trip in the Highlands, pupils of all ages need a progression of experience, of agency and of engagement.

Updated flyer/posters are available, please download by clicking on the links below:

High Quality Outdoor Learning (England) Flyer

High Quality Outdoor Learning (Scotland) Flyer


The full Guide is free to download – please click here or the image below.



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