A Fresh Start for Young Learners

Joanne Dempster, STEM Tutor, the Princes Foundation, Scotland

Fresh Starts is a multi-day, cross curricular programme delivered by Dumfries House, aiming to provide an exciting outdoor learning experience for young people who are typically disengaged from education. Working with local schools and campus cops, young people visited the estate on four occasions to delve into outdoor learning on topics as diverse as farming, outdoor exercise and STEM.

Hear from our Fresh Starts cohort about what they have learned about the outdoors and themselves through a mix of outdoor education, breathing space exercises and the chance to try something new. A mix of presentations, discussion and activity led by the young people supported by Dumfries House Staff.

Who Should Attend?

Primary and Secondary Teachers and Educators

About Joanne and The Princes Foundation

The Education team at Dumfries House have a broad range of experience in outdoor learning across many different subject areas. Working together we can design and deliver programme that make outdoor learning part of an essential learning experience, and not just an add on. Between us we have experience in Farming, growing, STEM, health and wellbeing and much more and have built strong relationships with local authorities and educators. Dumfries House is part of the Outdoor Woodland Learning Network and the National Network for Outdoor Learning in Scotland. We follow the Harmony principles in all of our practice, meaning that we make a conscious effort to link what we do to nature.

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