Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2020

Education recovery and support from outdoor education centres

What is this?

This page contains a package of support for materials to support engagement with outdoor education centres during COVID-19 restrictions. It provides useful information and templates that provide contacts, case studies and guidance on permitted activities.

Who is this for?

This page is for Directors of Education, local authority staff, head teachers and practitioners who lead on outdoor learning in their setting or context.

Support from outdoor education centres

Many outdoor education centres have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and the reduced frequency of visits from schools and other educational settings. The Scottish Government is keen to support these centres during this challenging time - not only their staff and local economies but also to help ensure that children and young people can continue to access the unique benefits that these centres provide.

This page contains information, templates, contacts and advice to help education establishments consider and plan work with centres in a safe and appropriate way. All of the advice and information contained in the materials is subject to the specific COVID-19 local protection level which applies in your area. This package of information has been agreed with both COSLA and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).

In addition to this package of support materials, the Scottish Government has also launched a new £2 million fund to support residential outdoor education centres affected by the pandemic. Part of that fund will be allocated to help centres deploy staff to schools and other settings to support the delivery of outdoor learning. Headteachers may soon be contacted by centres looking to pursue this opportunity in the weeks and months ahead. More information on the fund can be found on the YouthLink Scotland website.

Downloads

PDF file: One page advice sheet for head teachers (241 KB)

PDF file: Contact directory for outdoor education centres (510 KB)

PDF file: Case studies of centres working with schools during the pandemic (248 KB)

PDF file: Advice from the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE) (630 KB)