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We aim to:

Promote the benefits of outdoor learning and play to all who have an influence over children and young people in Scotland, by

  • Supporting leadership and direction that recognises outdoor learning as a valid and valued approach – from politicians (national and local) and Education Scotland;

  • Encouraging collaborative outdoor-based approaches that help deliver a Curriculum for Excellence;

  • Promoting values throughout society that help to connect people and place;

  • Supporting families and communities to develop and foster local outdoor learning and play opportunities.

Campaign for policies and practices that enable more and better outdoor learning and play, by

  • Encouraging HMIe/Education Scotland inspection frameworks to recognise and promote outdoor learning;

  • Supporting joined-up thinking at government level, linking Real World Learning to strategic/policy areas such as biodiversity, sustainability, employment, healthy lifestyles, green space issues, food sources, etc.

Provide decision-makers and influencers with support and advice on how to enrich the lives of children and young people through outdoor experiences of nature, culture and their environment, by

  • Providing commitment and financial support to encourage outdoor learning;

  • Ensuring teachers across all subject areas have the necessary knowledge and confidence – through training and access to resources – to create learning experiences outdoors;

  • Issuing a clear evidence base of benefits and guidance to overcome barriers to outdoor learning and play;

  • Promoting quality outdoor spaces with natural play areas, accessible for all schools.




Steven Naughton

Web Manager at Real World Learning Scotland
Learning more everyday, from the wisdom of young and old.

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