5th Oct (North) & 19th Oct (South)

Taking Your Teaching & Learning Outside

Research shows us that teaching and learning outside the classroom engages learners, improves behaviour, enhances social skills and makes learning more enjoyable, FACT. Whatever your experience with outdoor learning, The Outdoor Learning Conference will give you greater confidence to teach outside. 

Expect The Outdoor Learning Conference to be fully participative, experiential and entirely outdoors. There will be a series of keynotes, numerous 'hands on' workshops, plenaries, sharing of best practice amongst delegates and time for networking.

You will come away with pragmatic tips, tools and ideas so you can feel confident to take more of your teaching outside immediately, be it for curriculum or character based learning.

At both conferences you'll learn how to:

img-green-tick1.gif Develop your school grounds for teaching at little or no cost

img-green-tick1.gif Teach all subjects outside and link to the curriculum

img-green-tick1.gif Develop character in your pupils

img-green-tick1.gif Manage risk sensibly whilst deriving the benefits

img-green-tick1.gif Find the time, the space and the resources for outdoor learning

img-green-tick1.gif Teach engaging lessons outside all year round

img-green-tick1.gif Enhance rapport and improve behaviour

img-green-tick1.gif Structure engaging sessions outside

img-green-tick1.gif Explore alternatives to the common entrance examination system

The Outdoor Learning Conferences 2017, 'Taking Your Teaching and Learning Outside' is for Heads, Deputies, HoDs, Teachers EYFS/KS1/2 or 3 and other Education Practitioners in both independent and state sectors. We welcome delegates to join our impressive and inspiring keynote speakers and workshops throughout the events.




October 5th, The Grammar School at Leeds, 10 - 4pm 

Keynotes: Mike Abraham - Recently retired after 24 years of Headship, Mike has been Head of a number of schools in the Midlands and in the North of England.

In 1991, he launched Yarm Preparatory School, growing the school from 0 to 320 pupils over 10 years. He has been a member of IAPS, is an ISI Team Inspector, has been a school Governor, has led many training days in the north east of England and is a member of the National Junior Heads Steering Committee.

He is known for turning around struggling schools and passionate about developing and nurturing the whole child through an experiential and character centric approach.

Phil Garner has been a Headteacher for 15 years in both state and independent schools. In his last headship, he developed a new 3-18 boys' only school in the North East, following the merger of two local preparatory schools.

He has a particular interest in how children learn and he has lead a number of courses on Learning to Learn, Leadership & Management, Behaviour, Assessment for Learning and Effective Headship Styles in the UK, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

This conference will not appeal to all teachers, yet it will benefit staff who are passionate about developing the 'whole' pupil, learning outside the classroom and innovating their own practice.

Tickets are £95 + VAT

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 October 19th, Hall Grove School Surrey, 10 - 4pm

Keynote: Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond.jpgAn A* in Maths is commendable, but it will not necessarily help you with your marriage, no more than an A* in Science will make you a more collaborative colleague or a better friend. Schooling has always offered two curricula, whether knowingly or not: a visible and measurable one, which leads to academic grades, and an invisible one, which shapes character traits and attitudes for life.

Einstein’s much-quoted thesis that ‘not everything that counts can be counted’ sounds reasonable, but have you ever tried? Can character traits and attitudes to learning be observed, tracked and reported on in meaningful ways? Is a row of grades a true indication of a pupil’s learning performance or merely the result of that performance? Is there a way of shedding light on the behaviours and attitudes that lie behind the grades? Isn’t it time for ‘success’ in schools to be viewed through a wider lens? 

Andrew Hammond has taught in schools for twenty years, as a class teacher, Head of English and Drama, Director of Studies, Deputy Head and Headteacher in both state and independent sectors. He is the author of numerous titles for a range of educational publishers and his recent seven-book series, The Invisible Curriculum published by John Catt Ltd, includes the widely acclaimed Teaching for Character and Teaching for Creativity. He holds a BA (Hons) QTS from Bath and an MA in English Education from King’s College London. 

Andrews website is

Keynote: Tim Gill

tim gill.jpgTim has long made the case for a balanced, thoughtful approach to risk. His book No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society was published in 2007 and he is co-author of the authoritative Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation Guide

Tim is an independent scholar, writer and consultant based in London, UK. He is interested in children's everyday lives and the changing nature of childhood, with a focus on children's play, free time and outdoor learning. His work cuts across public policy, education, child care, recreation, planning and urban design, and speaks to decision makers, academics, commentators, practitioners and the wider public.

Tim is a former director of the Children's Play Council (now Play England). In 2002 he was seconded to Whitehall to lead the UK government's first comprehensive review into children's play. 

Tim holds degrees in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and London University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. He is Patron of the Forest School Association. 

Tim's website is


Tickets are £95 + VAT

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School Outdoor Learning are trusted consultants to independent and state schools across the UK on learning outside the classroom and character education. They help teachers innovate their pedagogy and develop confidence in using the outdoors, so they can deliver powerful learning opportunities and nurture the growth of their pupils.




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