South Downs to inspire teachers on outdoor class

South Downs competeition, Hidden gems SUS-140909-152907001
South Downs competeition, Hidden gems SUS-140909-152907001

“Local outdoor learning opportunities are right here on your doorstep” will be the take home message of the 2015 Our South Downs conference.

Organisers say the free event is packed with inspiration for teachers wanting to find out about opportunities for local outdoor learning in the national park.

They can find out how more than 1,600 teachers are already using the South Downs National Park as a resource to teach more than 74,000 pupils across the entire curriculum and hear what others have learned from their own experiences of outdoor learning. Key note speakers will be Mark Sears, director of the Wild Network, and local inspiring head teacher, Jonathan Culley.

“The South Downs National Park is an amazing resource for teachers,” said Amanda Elmes, who leads on learning and outreach for the South Downs National Park Authority.

“It’s free and pretty much on the doorstep for more than 700 schools in Sussex and Hampshire. Through our online Learning Portal teachers can get their hands on ideas and resources for using the South Downs to bring the entire curriculum to life. The conference is a chance for people to share their experiences and find even more inspiration.”

Over the past two years more than 1,600 teachers have got almost 74,000 children involved in outdoor learning in the South Downs across the whole of the curriculum. Through the Our South Downs project more than 6000 students from more deprived communities have been able to access travel grants to visit learning providers in the National Park.

It is on Thursday March 5 at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst, Book a place at learning.southdowns.gov.uk