Resources for schools

Getting started

Devon County Council – Outdoor Education, Visits and Off-Site Activities Health and Safety Policy – All the guidance on ratios, risk assessment and best practice for trips outdoors and away from school.

Devon Climate Emergency – Net Zero Visions Resources for Schools – In partnership with the University of Plymouth and Devon County Council and in association with the Net Zero Visions project, Planet and People (CIC) have produced the following resources for KS1&2, KS3 and KS4 which support pupils to explore their visions and hopes for the future of their community and the planet.
‘Hope’ is a school project responding to the growing issue of climate anxiety in young people and encourages children to use hope as a fuel for action through focus on good news stories and by articulating the specific future that they want for their planet. We believe that having a vision for the future motivates us to act today

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom – The national body championing all forms of learning outside the classroom across all age ranges and across the whole curriculum. Training, resources and accreditation for schools and teachers.

Learning Away – Campaigning for life changing ‘Brilliant Residentials’ to improve outcomes for all children and young people. Case studies and advice for all schools on planning high quality, affordable residential experiences.

Learning through LandscapesLocal School Nature Grants: Open to schools and early years settings in England, Scotland, and Wales, this outdoor learning grant fund has two elements – £500 of outdoor equipment chosen from a catalogue of over 100 items, and an outdoor learning training course for your staff.

Institute for Outdoor Learning – A range of resources to support teachers in bringing outdoor learning into the curriculum.

Forest School Association – Advice on choosing a Forest School practitioner or trainer. Reminder of the principles of Forest School and guidelines for good practice.

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Devon Dark Skies resources – See our dark skies pages for KS1 and KS2 lesson plans created by the CPRE that are based around dark skies and tacking light pollution.

Countryside Classroom – Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment. Huge database of outdoor learning resources, searchable by key stage; subject; theme etc.

Transforming Outdoor Learning in Schools – This guide provides school staff with an introduction to the value and impact of well-planned regular outdoor learning. This simple guide provides planning support and case studies to help teachers, schools and their networks develop outdoor learning.

Creating a happy and healthy schools toolkit – Peninsular Research in Outdoor Learning have produced a to help schools to monitor children’s physical activity and wellbeing when learning outside and inside the classroom, based on research undertaken as part of the Naturally Healthy Devon Schools project.

Teaching Outdoor Learning – The Institute for Outdoor Learning have complied a series of articles to support the inclusion of outdoor learning in the curriculum.

Take learning outside – Can you organise an outdoor lesson? Outdoor classroom day comes around every year and their website has lots of resources to help support you in taking education outside. Over 10 million children have taken part in this global movement.

Help your school go wild with a nature club – The wildlife trust has hundreds of resources for helping schools get outside and into nature. Find ideas for activities, information on setting up a nature group and how to get support.

Providers in Devon

NEED Member Organisations: search on the map or scan the list to find the expert outdoor/ sustainability provider you need.