External Links: methods & approaches
This links page is a bit different to the others. It features a range of approaches and styles that are used to work with people, particularly children, in the outdoors.
We’re signposting the national bodies and key organisations where you can find out more, and also articles on the ethos and methods used to benefit people outdoors. There’s a brief explanation of the approach we’re addressing at the top of each section.
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Alternative education using the outdoors as a learning tool.
Community website for homeschoolers from preschool, kindergarten, up to and through high school, free online education, lesson ideas, links, articles, books, materials, curriculum & kids area.
The website of Fiona Nicholson who has given evidence to Government Committees on the subject of elective home education and offers support and information on home education practice and policy in England and Wales.
Information & resources for home educating families & those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education & the law, SEN and disabilities; downloadable fact sheets covering many aspects of HE; and links to local HE groups across the UK.
“We specialize in the theory and practice of informal education, social pedagogy, lifelong learning, social action, and community learning and development” – exploring education, learning & community.
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children learn at their own pace according to their own choices. Great site explaining the method.
‘An unhurried, creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning & experience the richness of childhood’ attending to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural & spiritual needs of each pupil, working with the different phases of their development.
Believe that children in England are starting formal learning too early, that the value of their creative and expressive play is being undermined, and that they are subject to developmentally inappropriate pressures that are damaging to their long-term health and wellbeing. From Save Childhood Movement.
Mainsteam education using the outdoors as a learning tool.
Where teachers can find and access the resources, places to visit and people to ask that will support their teaching about food, farming and the natural environment. Membership networking.
Works with schools, early years settings & organisations to improve the quality of outdoor play for children. Lots of useful free resources. “We create happier playtimes, better play spaces & enable staff to support outdoor learning”
Directory & voice of forest kindergartens across the UK – preschool education where children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment. also known as a nature nursery, outdoor nursery, or forest preschool.
“The outdoors demands & encourages learning. At camp we aim to teach ourselves how to live with independence & responsibility; concern & care for ourselves, other people & the environment; resourcefulness & self-confidence; tolerance & respect”.
Works to ensure that throughout Wales there is sustainable Forest School provision supported by a national network that will nurture the development of projects, offer advice, provide resources, guide best practice and provide CPD.
Nurturing respect, understanding & love for the outdoors to promote sustainability.
Formal groups that work outdoors some or all of the time.
‘The world’s leading youth achievement award’ – using volunteering, physical activities, life skills and expeditions to give all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.
Giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Guides, rainbows and brownies.
Christian organisation primarily for girls and young women, aged four to 18, who meet most weeks of the year in safe and friendly environments, offering fun groups and activities designed to help children and young people discover life to the full.
Trains & develops young Jewish people to reach their potential through active citizenship, and encourages friendship through achievement, recognition & personal development programmes, to develop the essential life skills needed to transition into adult life.
Offering 6-25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others and make a positive impact in communities – includes beavers, cubs & venture scouts.
The outdoors as an opportunity to contribute to a community and/or use spare time.
A community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good: run in a pack to work on a community project, do one-off missions to help vulnerable people or commit to visiting an isolated older person.
Exercise to make a difference – fun and free outdoor sessions where you are guided in practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds- volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit all abilities.
Offering informal social education opportunities, sometimes outdoors.
Empowering young people to have a say and be heard – supporting them to get involved in their communities & democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.
Supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Giving them the practical & financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem & skills for work.
Network of youth clubs & organisations ensuring that every young person moves from childhood to adulthood with the tools they need to become confident, capable adults who lead fulfilling lives, no matter how difficult their background.
A network of the UK’s largest and most established voluntary and volunteering youth organisations. ‘Our vision is that every young person in the UK has the opportunity to be a member of one of our organisations.’