An Open Letter to Education Ministers
Teachers and school leaders from across the four nations have written an open letter to Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Education), John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in Scotland), Peter Weir MLA (Minister for Education in Northern Ireland) and Kirsty Williams MS (Minister for Education in Wales).
In this open letter to key government figures, educators from across the UK have been inspired by their positive experiences of Learning through Landscape’s My School, My Planet programme to stress the importance of continued outdoor learning for all children.
Findings from a recent survey by Natural England have shown that children from marginalised ethnic backgrounds and low-income families have had the least access to the natural environment during the pandemic. Projects like My School, My Planet, our ground-breaking programme designed and delivered during the pandemic, have sought to combat these inequalities, and the teachers involved have witnessed the positive impact that outdoor learning can have on pupils’ social skills, education and wellbeing. These observations have been given further weight by the findings of the independent evaluation of My School, My Planet, led by The Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY).
We know that delivering high-quality, curriculum-linked outdoor learning programmes will help with children’s recovery from the pandemic, and we strongly support this call by educators to make outdoor learning a priority across the UK.
We are grateful to all of the educators who signed the open letter for your support of Learning through Landscapes and for celebrating our outdoor learning expertise.
You can read the full open letter below: