Charly Crump
School Nature Grants Project

“Observing and communicating the opportunities for learning outdoors and showing schools the potential for outdoor learning that’s right on their doorstep is so rewarding”

About Charly

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I started at LtL in August 2020.

I work on the Local Schools Nature Grant project for the Northern Region so have the joyful job of zooming around the North of England to see lots of different schools and settings. The thing that I love the most about this project is the fantastic teachers I meet along the way who often teach me as much as I teach them. I deliver training in all aspects of outdoor learning from fire lighting to gardening and how to use sticks for rich outdoor learning!

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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I’ve worked in a huge variety of learning environments over the past 10 years, including an organic farm, a seashore centre, field studies centres and as a teacher in a typical classroom setting. The last one definitely made me realise how many amazing opportunities there are to take learning outside and reap the benefits of being outdoors for learning and mental and physical wellbeing.

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I was a primary teacher for 4 years so I know exactly what it is like for teachers and the pressure that they are under. I try to use this knowledge of the national curriculum and school life in my training delivery so that outdoor lessons can be effective and manageable for educators.

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I absolutely love being out in the woods which is handy when I’m delivering fire lighting and woodland craft training.  As a qualified Forest School practitioner of 5 years, I can offer plenty of handy hints to teachers who want to develop their confidence and skills in this exciting area of outdoor learning.

Charly’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

Visiting a school which had virtually no trees or greenery so on first glance felt like it didn’t have much potential. By the end of the session the teachers were so inspired with ideas that they went straight onto our online catalogue to buy the materials to grow tomatoes from hanging baskets!

Why a cauldren?

I am lucky enough to live really close to the Peak District and love nothing more than cooking on a campfire after a long day out walking. You rarely see me leave the house without my walking boots, full waterproofs, fire striker and pen knife, giving Bear Grylls a run for his money!

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