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Outdoor Education for the 21st century - Nottingham Trent University

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014

Time: 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location : Ada Byron King Building, Nottingham Trent University, NG11 8NS

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Please book direct with Education CPD+ team, University of Leicester . To book a place or for any further enquiries please contact or call 0116 252 3771 with your name, ASE membership number (if applicable), school name, contact telephone number and personal email address. The preferred method of payment is to issue schools with an invoice. For trainees, cash and cheque payment will be accepted on the day.


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Conference RatesFee
ASE Member £20
Non-member £40
Trainee / Teaching Assistant / Technician Member* £10
Trainee Non-member  £20

*£5 if technician and teacher from same school book together

Provisional Programme - 22 March 2014

Registration from 9.00am

Session choices: Each session is one hour, choose two from the following.

APPs for Outdoor Education: Emily Baker, Peak District National Park

Which apps provide a useful tool in studying Outside the Classroom? This field is changing rapidly and this session will give you a survey of those that are best to use (and generally free). Pupils can use their own smart phones, or school I pads in ways that enhance their learning and understanding. OFSTED has criticised school for not using appropriate technology so this session will bring you bang up to date or introduce you to a new aspect of ecology which you can incorporate into your teaching whether you are a beginner or more experienced.

Nature trail with a twist - edu-caching: Sue Hunt

This session supports the requirement in the new Science curriculum for children to learn the names of plants and animals and is an opportunity for active learning outdoors. Although this trail is aimed at primary level, secondary teachers could adapt the activities to their age-group. You can expect to be outside for about 45 minutes, so suitable footwear and warm clothing are required. Sessions led by Sue and supported by members of the NTU Primary Education Science team.

Climate survey activities: Chris Robinson

The topic of climate change is of interest to pupils but this is often taught like a text book. There are a variety of practical activities that can support work on climate change and you will try these out with Chris. Participants will go away with a pack to take back to their school for use with pupils.

Forest Schools: Jill Gaunt

Forest Schools provide long term, continuous opportunities for children to engage with the local environment guided by a qualified and enthusiastic leader. This is used widely in Scandinavia, and can be suitable for all ages up to KS5. In the UK it is mainly primary schools that use this approach or secondary with pupils who are not accessing mainstream curriculum. Jill Gaunt will present a workshop on Forest School and share her thought and experiences of this system within the English educational scheme for her for early years pupils.

Tracking the Rutland Ospreys to Africa: Tim Macrill and Ken Davies

Just coming up is the inaugural World Osprey Week (from Rutland Water). This is an opportunity for schools to use the migration of Ospreys in their teaching, and also uses a “local” idea in teaching as OFSED has highlighted. This talk will explain the science behind the project to re introduce this wonderful species of bird to Rutland Water, how it was done and what has happened over the last few years. Science has played a key role in monitoring nests and GPS tracking of migrating birds leading to new discoveries. You will be told of how schools can be involved, and work done with schools in Africa where the birds overwinter. You will have the opportunity to see the tracking devices used.

Everyone attending will be able to have a packet free seeds for a school garden and information about the RHS School Garden Award Scheme.