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Better Out Than In – outdoor learning workshop

In this one day workshop you’ll learn about the science behind why outdoor learning works! And you’ll learn some practical outdoor activities to use with your pupils to inspire you to take learning outdoors every day.

Various term time dates, held near Bridgend, £75 per person.


How outdoor learning supports resilience and better learning – and how to do it! 

In this workshop, we’ll cover the theory, tools and practical activities that you need to provide outdoor learning opportunities for your pupils. As well as how to embed a philosophy for outdoor learning within your school.

In other words: come and learn about the science behind why outdoor learning works! And learn some practical outdoor activities to use with your pupils and take learning outdoors.

This workshop is delivered by Stephanie Thompson founder of Bushcraft Adventures, in partnership with Dr Coral Harper, Founder of Better Out Than In.

Upcoming dates:

  • 23 May 2019
  • 4 July 2019

What will I gain from this workshop?

  • An overview of the science that proves why outdoor learning works
  • An understanding of the effects the outdoors has on our physical and emotional health and well-being for both children and adults
  • Ideas for how to use the outdoors to engage with children and young people to build resilience and reinforce learning
  • Practical tools and activities to take learning outdoors
  • A workshop booklet to share with colleagues and so that you can make outdoor learning a whole school activity

Key details

  • Who it’s for: primarily aimed at teachers and teaching assistants, but this workshop is suitable for anyone wanting to engage learners in an outdoor environmentteacher CPD
  • Where: Near Laleston, Bridgend
  • Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm (9.15am arrival)
  • Cost: £75 per person
  • Included: workshop booklet and refreshments.
  • What to bring: pens, a packed lunch, and suitable clothing and footwear (the workshop is held completely outdoors)
  • How to book: email steph@bushcraftadventures.co.uk or complete an online enquiry form. Just let us know if you’d like to pay by BACS transfer or send us your school’s details if you’d like us to raise an invoice.
  • Terms and conditions: our usual terms and conditions apply. Payment is required in advance; we can provide an invoice if you need one.


Workshop overview

We’ve divided the workshop in to four areas:

  • Why being outdoors supports learning
  • Relationships and regulation (and why we need both)
  • Dealing with challenge in the outdoors
  • Ideas share, questions, what next?

The workshop is a mix of theory in our outdoor classroom, and practical activities. You’ll learn from Dr. Coral Harper about the fascinating effects the outdoors has on our physical and emotional health. And how this can benefit pupils, particularly those who are harder to engage in the classroom.

Each area will be reinforced with practical activities, facilitated by Steph Thompson. Steph will introduce the activities and how you can use them with your pupils. Then you’ll get a chance to get hands-on and have a go.

About the facilitators

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Dr Coral Harper (Founder of Better Out Than In). Coral has worked in and studied in the field of Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties for the last 24 years as teacher and senior leader in mainstream, special and independent specialist provision and latterly as an adult trainer and consultant. You can read more in Coral’s biography.

Steph Thompson (Founder of Bushcraft Adventures) is an experienced, qualified Forest School and Beach School Leader and Bushcraft Instructor. She has 15 years experience of working with children and young people in various settings. Most recently running Bushcraft Adventures, inspiring children and adults to get outdoors. You can read more in Steph’s biography.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the workshop, please get in touch or complete our online enquiry form below.