Beyond the Classroom 2017

Beyond the Classroom: embedding outdoor learning into curriculum

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017

An outdoor learning conference for teachers and outdoor educators that inspires learning through outdoor learning and promotes raising standards in teaching & learning.

Keynote & workshop: Tim Gill: No Risk No Benefit- Rethinking Childhood

OLC welcomes Tim Gill, a leading thinker on childhood whose work supports positive change in children’s everyday lives. His work has focused on the changing nature of children’s play and their free time, and their evolving relationships with the people and places around them.

How do you manage risky play & learning in school environments? Tim Gill is the answer to all your worries … his practical approach tackles all your health & safety questions!

Keynote & workshop: Mind-sets for Learning

Caroline Carr of Outdoor Learning Consultancy looks at how we can develop positive mind-sets through managing fear, risk and negativity both in and out of the classroom. We aim to shape your teaching pedagogy through collaborative working and developing independent thinking.


Raising Standards in boy’s writing- adventure in the wild! Strategies for taking your writing outside to inspire creativity …with added SPAG ..!

SPAG in the Outdoors: fun punctuation using nature and technology

Fire, fire, burning bright…: Literacy, Science and Poetry melded together through heat and flames:

Scientific Enquiry in the Outdoors: KS1 & 2 Science that links science curriculum to using number in context

Learning to Learn: developing positive mind-sets & managing negativity through collaborative working skills to shape outdoor (& indoor..!) pedagogy: Caroline Carr

Dens & Shelters: Morph your Forest School Kit to link literacy, skills and knowledge

Trees, trees, trees…: Progressive KS1 Science, Literacy & Maths to meet curriculum needs

No Risk No Benefit- Rethinking Childhood: Tim Gill builds on his keynote to work through how you can overcome barriers to risk taking in your practice

Environmental Learning Cards:  Activities from a fantastic resource for use across your school

Fun, Exciting & Adventurous Navigation: Dan Riley’s brilliant orienteering workshop links KS2/3 Science & Maths to navigation

 Conference Venue:

Cherry Garth Scout Campsite,

Humberston, N.E.Lincolnshire, DN35 4SJ

 Conference Cost:

*Early Bird Discount:                                                            £160 BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE

*book before FRIDAY 3rd Feb 2017

Conference Full Price                                                            £195

Additional Delegates, ( 2 additional / school)                           £75

NQTs                                                                                       £120

Students                                                                                    £50

Bookings through: Caroline Carr


M: 07775596160




Beyond the Classroom: An Outdoor Learning Conference

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th April 2016

Grimsby, N.E.Lincolnshire

An outdoor learning conference for teachers and outdoor educators that inspires learning through outdoor learning and promotes raising standards in teaching & learning.

This conference offers a range of keynote speakers and practical outdoor workshops that link practical outdoor learning to real-life experience.

Practical Outdoor Workshops:

  • Imagination for Language – Meet a Blobster: Storytelling & Communication for all ages
  • Forest Schools: Getting Fired up about Learning – Elly Dolan
  • I am NOT a stick! Outdoor Maths – Clare Ward SEN Consultancy
  • Environmental Learning Cards – Caroline Carr -Outdoor Learning Consultancy
  • Brilliant Residentials: How to link curriculum to your outdoor residential – Peter Carne Paul Hamlyn Trust
  • I am NOT a stick! Outdoor Literacy – Caroline Carr
  • Earth-walks – inspiring learning through nature
  • Outdoor First Aid: Sean Dolan : Natural Choices Training
  • Advanced Forest Schools: More for your Forest School Tool Kit
  • Ephemeral Art: Natural art to enhance environments …for a fleeting moment …
  • Raising Standards in boys writing – mud…action & adventure! Clare Ward / Caroline Carr

Keynote: Tim Gill – No Fear: Rethinking Childhood

Beyond the Classroom welcomes Tim Gill as our keynote speaker for Thursday 14th March. Book a conference place and invite your Head teacher or Senior Leadership Teacher to attend Tim’s keynote address.

Conference Costs:

Full Conference Package including accommodation: price to be confirmed

Early Bird Rate:  £150 (1st Delegate) & £80 ( 2nd delegate) Book before Friday 4th March 2016

Full Conference Price: £195 ( 1st Delegate) & £95 ( 2nd Delegate)

Outdoor Centre Staff – £120

Options to book one day at £80 / day

NQTs: £120 /  Student Rate : £50 (Must be in full time education)

Bookings from 5th February: Email to register your interest.

BTC 2016 Booking Form

Contact Caroline for more information at

Telephone: 07775596160

Booking Terms: Payments to be received on receipt of invoice and before the Conference commences. In the event of OLC cancelling this conference refunds will be issued. If delegates cancel refunds will only be issued at the discretion of OLC.


Camping available at Cherry Garth Scout Campsite £12/ night including Breakfast/ Tents provided – bring your sleeping / bag /mat

Beyond the Classroom Booking Form 2016 BTC Booking Form




Beyond the Classroom: Embedding Outdoor Learning into Curriculum 2014

An outdoor learning conference for teachers

A huge thank you to all who attended Outdoor Learning Consultancy’s 3rd Beyond the Classroom Conference at Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston.

A wonderfully enthusiastic approach to sharing good practice, fabulous ideas and networking opportunities to all our delegates. Resources from Clare are heading your way along with certificates and follow ups.

Thank you for the wonderful contributions from all our presenters & looking forward to working with you in the future. Katrice Horsley, Clare Bryan, Clare Ward, Emma Wilmot, Paul Dearlove, Debbie Lincoln, Mike Silvani, Amy Box, Ian Jessop & Matt ( fab paddle-boarding :)), Rachael Passant-Coy, Claire Waterfall & The Earth Bound Misfits…

Watch this space for training courses and INSET opportunities.

A final thanks to the OLC support team: Chris Newell, Paul Goodwin, Sam Allard, Ann Hebb, Mike Limmer, Greg Jacklin, Keith Lown & Sam for collecting the delicious pies 🙂

Here’s a selection of photos and some of the feedback. Looking forward to 2015 Beyond the Classroom Conference – please contact me with what you think should be included in the programme…

Did the conference match your expectations?

“YES – going back with some great practical ideas as well as some food for thought…”

“It matched it and more… not just about the outdoors but learning other things on Literacy”

“Yes – it has given me a range of ideas to use for outdoor learning across the curriculum”

“I had no expectations – I Came with an open mind, but my mind is now a little fuller :)”

“Exceeded! Great variety & I learnt a lot about school needs & curriculum”

“P4C – very thought-provoking”

“Pupil premium good – how money spent”

” Came last year and it was brilliant… this year was even better!”

Again – thanks again for all your comments. OLC will take on board comments on presenters, more workshops!! and giving out more information from the keynote on Embedding Outdoor Learning – watch this space for a follow-up session if people want to attend.

We’d love to hear your feedback from the event and how you’ve tried out ideas in school – please keep us up to date with how your outdoor learning is going 🙂

Happy outdoor learning…


Beyond the Classroom: embedding outdoor learning into curriculum

Thursday 20th March – Friday 21st March 2014

Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston, DN36 4SJ

Keynote: Katrice Horsley: National Storytelling Laureate

OLC welcomes Katrice Horsley to Beyond the Classroom 2014 to share her passion for storytelling through delivering the key-note address that will launch the outdoors as the place to learn and engage all.

Katrice’s keynote and workshops will build on the underpinning theme of the conference on embedding outdoor learning into new National Curriculum and the importance of communication. Through explaining why storytelling works as a powerful educational tool and how, in the external environment, it can be even more potent and filled with potential. She will share the theoretical underpinning that supports its uses as well as recent findings in neuroscience that shows we all make sense of our world through narrative.


Tall Tales from the Trees: Katrice Horsley:  National Story Telling Laureate

A Ball of String: Clare Bryan: Children’s Links

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