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Beyond the Classroom 2014

Beyond the Classroom: Embedding Outdoor Learning into Curriculum

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..

FEEDBACK: 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 Conference 2014

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

Wild Play: Emma Wilmot: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Metaphors & mud…! Clare Ward: SEN Consultancy

‘Inspiring and Engaging Learning Science Outside’: Rachael Passant-Coy: Science-Monkeys

Sticks & Stones & Learning Zones: Clare Ward: SEN Consultancy

Philosophy in the Outdoors: Caroline Carr: Outdoor Learning Consultancy

Help! I’m an iPad get me outdoors… : Amy Box: Yarborough Academy

Forest Schools & the Curriculum: Michael Silvani: Sir John Mogg, Germany

Lighting the fires of imagination!: Debbie Lincoln:

Beyond Adventure: adventures in the curriculum: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Stand-up Paddle Boarding & Coracles: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Master classes

Raising Standards through Outdoor Learning and Pupil Premium

Presenter: Alex Wilke: Honilands Primary School, Enfield

Embedding Outdoor Learning into new National Curriculum

Presenter: Caroline Carr: Outdoor Learning Consultancy

Outdoor Adventures: Beyond Enrichment – curriculum based residentials

Presenter: Ian Jessop: Kirklees Council

Adventure Learning Schools: a whole school approach

Presenter: Steve Howe: Adventure Learning Schools

Thinking for Nature: emotional connections to environmental awareness

Presenter: Claire Waterfall: University of Edinburgh


Conference Venue:

Cherry Garth Scout Campsite, Humberston, N.E.Lincolnshire, DN36 4SJ

 Conference Cost:

Conference Full Price                                                     £195 (2nd delegate £95)

Includes 2 days of workshops and master class’s & evening entertainment on the Thursday

Limited Discounted rates available

Workshop Rate ( Thursday 20th March only)            £120 ( 2nd delegate £75)

Student Rate                                                                    £  50/day

Accommodation: Camping available, Thursday evening meal + Friday Breakfast @ £25 /person

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Conference Booking Form ( see link below)

Enquiries to:

Caroline Carr

Telephone: 07775596160

A3 Leaflet Conference Programme

BTC Booking Form





Sir John Mogg School: An Outdoor Learning Conference

Sir John Mogg School, a SCE school based in Detmold, Germany have successfully developed the Forest School concept to provide outdoor learning for all pupils. A recent change in tack has seen the Forest School approach used to develop links to curriculum topics and areas across the whole school.

Mike Silvani, the school’s Deputy Head, has led the development of this programme through his training as a Forest School Leader and his experience and skill at leading learning in the outdoors.

“Forest School is an educational approach that aims to provide opportunities for children to be confident, capable learners in a challenging but largely natural environment. Many children find that they can demonstrate skills and abilities that are otherwise hidden, developing self-esteem and peer appreciation that, crucially, impacts upon their performance across the rest of the curriculum. In Sir John Mogg School, all children from FS2 – Y6 have a session of Forest School each week with Mr Silvani, the Deputy Headteacher who has trained as a Forest School Leader. Children are taught to use tools appropriate to their age and ability to shape natural materials into a variety of objects to use in their learning outside the classroom. ”

Sir John Mogg website

Earlier in 2013 Mike Silvani along with colleagues, Rosemary, Angie and Nigel,  travelled to N.E.Lincolnshire to attend OLC’s Beyond the Classroom Conference. I was delighted when Mike later approached me to discuss ideas for an Outdoor Learning Conference for other SCE schools to be held in the fantastic forest grounds at Sir John Mogg.

The resulting conference saw OLC delivering workshops to teachers on assessing and reviewing outdoor learning and to pupils based on exploring the natural environment and questioning through a range of activities linked to Earth -walks and Darwin Thinking Walks.

The keynote speaker provided a fascinating and creative insight into the power of storytelling from Katrice Horsley the National Storytelling Laureate.

“Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and also the way in which we make sense of the world around us. It is through stories that we create an identity, both through the stories we choose to hear about ourselves and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. Storytelling is an incredible tool that can be used in exploring a variety of issues and emotions, whether these be within communities, organisations or individuals. Storytelling is easy to access and is a medium that everyone can identify with.”



Beyond the Classroom 2013

An Outdoor Learning Conference at at Sir John Mogg School, Detmold, Germany

Friday 12th July 2013

  • Keynote address by National Storytelling Laureate: Katrice Horsley
  • Assessing & Evaluating Outdoor Learning: Caroline Carr Outdoor Learning Consultancy
  • Developing Outdoor Learning Activities in Schools: Mike Silvani: Sir John Moggs

Bookings through:


An Outdoor Learning Conference for Teachers

Cherry Garth, Humberstone 14th March 2013

A conference to inspire curriculum based outdoor learning opportunities for teachers and outdoor providers























Conference feedback

“yes – fantastic ideas /inspiration & starting points… very hands on!”

“Active reviewing very useful & easy to apply straight away”

“Fire making fantastic!”

” Yes.. wanted lots of ideas and got them – great to do activities”

Beyond the Classroom 2014

Provisional Date: Thursday 20th March

Location: N.E.Lincolnshire

Interested in presenting a workshop to promote outdoor learning & the curriculum? Contact Caroline to discuss at