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YHA Teachers encouraged to embrace outdoor education
    06/12/2012 02:51

Teachers encouraged to embrace outdoor education

School teachers are being urged to think more about engaging their pupils with outdoor learning through field trips and activity breaks.

According to the results of a recent roundtable on learning outside the classroom held by the Guardian, much of the health and safety red tape which previously acted as a barrier to outdoor education has been removed. Yet still teachers are wary about taking their children off-site for a different learning experience.

One roundtable participant said: "We've still got a situation where the underprivileged children who have the most to benefit from learning-outside-the-classroom experiences are the least likely to experience those things. Children from Coventry who are taken to Solihull for the day are amazed there are wild rabbits running around because they thought animals lived in pens."

There was widespread agreement about the benefits to kids' learning, confidence and leadership skills from field trips, while relationships between teachers and children are often strengthened on these breaks from the classroom.

Teachers are therefore being encouraged to look at more off-site activities, yet the roundtable recommendations are also urging the government to ease the pressure on teachers by focusing more on learning and less on examinations.

YHA has a wide range of school trips packages which can be specifically tailored to the needs of any group. YHA also runs the Breaks for Kids fund, helping underprivileged children enjoy a school trip.

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