There have been a number of representations to our Scottish, Welsh and English governments about the benefit that outdoor learning and play can bring at this time.

At LtL we believe that outdoor learning and play as schools return post Covid-19 lockdown is a significant part of the plan for all schools and early years settings. We are working closely with colleagues across government, local authorities, academy chains and individual headteachers to both lobby and support practically where we can. We are developing a Learning to Return training programme to support individual schools.

Please find the statements below. This page will be updated as we receive more information or governmental responses.


National Network for Outdoor Learning (Scotland) – support for schools

Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education – support for schools


Wales outdoor learning sector statement. This has been jointly made by Outdoor Learning Wales, Wales Council for Outdoor Learning and the Outdoor Learning Training Network – working together for quality outdoor learning in Wales.

Outdoor Alliance (Cymru) – Post Covid-19 Recovery Play for the outdoor sector in Wales.

Welsh Government decision-making process – Unlocking our Society.

Northern Ireland

We are seeking any statements with partners at the moment, but would welcome assistance. Please email with any information that it would be useful to share.


Consortium statement from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and Outdoor Council – awaiting document.

Covid-19 Impact Survey for Organisations and Outdoor Professionals – Sector Report

Westminster statement on Implementing Protective Measures in Education and Childcare Settings. This includes references to using outdoor space to expand capacity and reduce transmission.


If you are a school or early years head and would like some specific advice, please do get in touch with us and our team will help you with the most up to date advice they can.


Outdoor learning and play as schools return post Covid-19 lockdown

Outdoor learning and play as schools return post Covid-19 lockdown

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