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March 2017

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Experiential-CPD is a calendar of events for Continuing Professional Development for UK-based experiential educators and trainers working indoors or outdoors. Plus international CPD events of interest to UK readers.

This month's thought is from Bill Krouwel ...

Perfect Professionalism?

Professionalism, like motherhood and apple pie, might be considered a universal good. Certainly, there are a decent number of organisations in the outdoors promoting the general idea of greater professionalism. From the host of national governing bodies, through statutory bodies to the IOL itself, standards of skill and performance are set and monitored.

All good stuff.

But, by professionalising, do we lose something? It depends on our attitude to education and learning. It depends on why we do what we do. According to two Finnish1 educationalists (Jauhiainen and Kivirauma, writing in 1997), there are two ways of looking at things:

On the one hand, schooling is seen …as having the task of reducing social differences. On the other hand … as an investment, the task of which is to select and prepare future citizens for a hierarchically structured labour market.

It isn’t too great a stretch to see the professionalist end of education (including outdoor education) as being focussed on the more measurable side of learning; on what’s come to be known as managerialism, which views education as a means of developing ‘skills, competencies and capabilities’ (Hall and Rowland, 1998 and ‘stresses competitiveness, accountability and audit’ (Fitzsimmons, 2005). This just about perfectly describe most of the practitioner-assessment processes used in the outdoors.

And there are consequences to this dry professionalism. A recent example from my own life; Last week I had to urgently take a relative into hospital. In a (for once) mercifully quiet emergency department, she was subjected to professionalism. Which is to say she was dealt with impersonally but efficiently, rather like a malfunctioning piece of machinery that needed mending. The fact that she was a vulnerable and frail human being was pretty much ignored. And she was miserable…

Later, she was transferred to a non-emergency (but very busy) ward, where they chatted with her, made her feel at home and offered, along with the treatment, tea and personal warmth. In their way, they too were professional, but crucially saw that a caring attitude was as much a key to recovery as timely medication. When I collected my relative she was full of praise for the people on this ward.

By focussing solely on professionalism, we may lose a warmth and empathy which, although difficult to measure, self-evidently makes for experiences which allow people to develop attitudes as well as to be trained. It’s not just a case of having learned soft skills, it’s a deeper attitude of care altogether. It’s the difference between the obvious distress that one nurse in the second ward displayed when we were forced to sit waiting for late medication and the cool, professional, indifference of the staff in the emergency ward.

It used to be called, er, ‘calling’ – and I’ll share some thoughts about it in next month’s edition…

1 And for what it’s worth, the Finns are top of many educational league tables.

Bill Krouwel

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2-3rd March 2017
16hr Outdoor First Aid
Hollowford Centre, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
On successful completion candidates will be awarded an ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate (valid for 3 years). A comprehensive outdoor first aid manual is included. More details on this course from Tor Lea Training.

2nd March 2017
Enhancing Environmental Learning Outdoors
Hollowford Centre, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Explore the four themes of Awareness & Experience, Explore & Understand, Sustain & Conserve and Create & Share using the Environmental Learning Cards (hands on and interactive).

3rd March 2017
Exploring the Peak District Environment
Hollowford Centre, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
This MTA workshop takes a close look at the features in the landscape, from its geological origins to its glacial landscape and present-day vegetation and land uses. More details.

4-5th March 2017
11th Festival of Outdoor Learning
Hollowford, Castleton, Derbyshire
Choose 4 workshops and enjoy the weekend with outdoor professionals, teachers, youth workers or others interested in the outdoors.

6th March 2017
Understanding the school landscape
YHA Manchester 3pm - 5pm
with Anita Kerwin-Nye, Director at notdeadfish
Free. Policy context | Mechanics of marketing to schools | Opportunities for funding and co-production. Designed to help providers make their case for the value of their programmes to schools.

6th March 2017
Meaningful Fun in Education
Hollowford Centre Castleton
Learn with 
Delane Lim how to integrate experiential discovery pedagogy into your adventure or classroom practices.

6-7th March
MTa® Learning: Facilitation Skills
Hollowford, Castleton, Derbyshire
Alex Greenwood offers an experiential programme that is highly practical in nature. Develop skills that can be transferred immediately to the workplace. There are no power points!

6th March 2017
Learning Day / Open Day with the Association of Facilitators
Highfield Park, Heckfield, Hook.
We will be available between 11-4 so do join us for a chat over coffee, tea or lunch (1-2pm). Free for members and non-members. Contact AoF if you are planning to drop in.

7-10th March 2017
The Facilitator's Development Programme (FDP)
The Colloquy, Lyonshall, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3JA
with Nick Eve, Elements
The FDP (a four day masterclass in groupwork) is recognised by ILM (The Institute of Leadership and Management). You'll receive a certificate from the ILM plus 12 months studying membership.

9th March 2017
Developing and Reviewing Active Learning
Penrith Town Hall
Implementing outcome-focused learning outside the classroom (LOtC) will enable you to build on the learning which takes place, integrate it more with classroom-based learning, and improve outcomes for young people.

9th March 2017
Peer Tutoring Lead Practitioner
Gain the confidence with UFA to build an effective Peer Tutor programme in your school and leave with a fully resourced, tried and tested programme for training Peer Tutors.

11th March 2007
Broomheath Plantation, Cheshire
A two day event with a variety of workshops and presenters.

11-12th March 2017
John Muir Award Leader Training
Wiston Lodge, Scottish Borders
This two-day residential course gives a thorough introduction to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award scheme.

15th March 2017
UFA Lead Practitioner Training Peer Tutoring
Gain the confidence with UFA to build an effective Peer Tutor programme in your school and leave with a fully resourced, tried and tested programme for training Peer Tutors.

16th March 2017
Taking Citizen Science Outdoors to support your Teaching and Learning (Sharing Good Practice event)
Battleby Conference Centre, nr Perth
This free event aims to share practical activities with teachers to enable students to undertake valuable and meaningful citizen science in their schoolgrounds and nearby greenspaces.

16th March 2017
Building Better Learning Programmes
A practical 1 day workshop (9.30 - 16.30) to introduce you to techniques and methods of experiential learning and to experience at first hand the potential of using RSVP Design’s learning tools and resources.

18-25th March 2017
Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT)
Enhancing your skills to lead groups in a woodland environment. Gain the accreditation of an NCFE Level 2 Award. WALT is an accredited outdoor learning course and an alternative to forest school training.

21st March 2017
Reviewing Skills Training  Reviewing Outdoors
nr Sheffield
with Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
Hosted by IOL Peak Region. Open to all.
More information: description, costs and booking

21-23rd March 2017
Bushcraft for Practitioners
Spring Wood
with Woodland Survival Crafts

23rd March 2017
Experiential Learning Product Demonstration
Paisley, Glasgow
Free. View recently added experiential learning products to the RSVP Design catalogue and new activities from the Center for Creative Leadership, Kwaliteitenspel and Dialoogle. All RSVP Design products available for review.

29-30th March 2017
MTa Facilitator Masterclass
Hands-on and interactive with thought provoking discussion and activity. Plus MTa Certification including the use the ‘MTa Certified’ logo.

Storytelling for Outdoor Learning
with Chris Holland
Sample the free taster (online) for the course beginning on 7th May

3-4th April 2017
Advanced Outdoor First Aid
National Scout Activity Centre, Hillend, Dunfermline, Fife

4-6th April 2017
Bushcraft for Practitioners
Spring Wood
with Woodland Survival Crafts

5th April 2017 (evening)
Buxton Adventure Festival
with Eric Jones

5-6th April 2017
John Muir Award Leader Training
Brathay Hall, Ambelside, Cumbria
This two-day residential course gives a thorough introduction to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award scheme.

10-14th April 2017
Woodland Activity Leader Training (WALT)
Enhancing your skills to lead groups in a woodland environment. Gain the accreditation of an NCFE Level 2 Award. WALT is an accredited outdoor learning course and an alternative to forest school training.

21st April 2017
Learning Beyond the Classroom Conference in Surrey
High Ashurst OEC, Headley Lane, Mickleham
This conference aims to inspire and equip you with practical ideas and confidence to embed quality outdoor learning within your school.

23rd – 28th April, 2017
Resilience & breakthrough with natural change
Glen Feshie, Scotland.
This five-day residential course in beautiful Glen Feshie will inspire and support people with responsibilities for leading and bringing about change – in organisations, communities and across wider society.

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A-Z of UK CPD resources for outdoor educators and experiential trainers

AoF Association of Facilitators
is a membership organisation providing facilitator training, accreditation and supervision.

Train the Trainer, Facilitation Techniques, Team Building and Development Techniques

Bishops Wood Centre
programme of short courses for educators and environmental professionals involved in education.

Links, News and Information about the Outdoors

British Association of Nature Conservationists (BANC)
workshops, conferences, ECOS journal and other publications.

BMC: British Mountaineering Council
CPD events with a mountain flavour

Careers and Qualifications in Outdoor Learning in the UK
A list of courses provided by colleges, universities, outdoor sports governing bodies and outdoor jobs websites.

CLOtC: Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
helps you provide high-quality educational experiences for young people aged 0–19

Conservation Volunteers
TCV runs a wide range of short courses every year, many offering qualifications. 

Creative Star Learning
Juliet Robertson offers CPD in an Outdoor Curriculum for Excellence, Literacy, Maths, Science and  Problem Solving Outdoors.

ecoSelf project
David Key offers courses, mentoring, research grounded in ecopsychology, deep ecology and working therapeutically in wild places.

Fundamental and advanced facilitation training courses

Forest Education Initiative
Learning Resources

Forest Schools Training

IOL: Institute for Outdoor Learning
Training Courses, Conferences, Events, Qualifications (APIOL, RPIOL) and a searchable index of Horizon's articles

IOL Professional Development Training
Throughout the UK. Many events open to non-members.

ITOL Professional Development
Continuing Professional Development and qualification with The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

JAEOL: The Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
View current issue and archives.

John Muir Award Leader Training
at locations in England and Scotland

Learning Outside the Classroom

Metalog® Training Tools Workshops
Facilitation workshops about how to use these activities and learning projects indoors or outdoors.

MTa Learning Workshops
Facilitation workshops about how to maximise the potential of MTa materials.

National Governing Body (NGB) courses directory

Nature's Work
Jim Langley promotes environmental awareness and understanding through training courses.

Outdoor Education Advisers Panel
OEAP offers training courses for visit leaders, visit coordinators and for using Outdoor Learning Cards

Outdoor Education Jobs and Careers

Outdoor Education Research A~Z

Jobs and events

Reviewing Skills Training
Roger Greenaway offers workshops in facilitation and reviewing for outdoor educators and trainers.

RSVP Trainer Training
Training in designing and facilitating active and experiential learning.

SkillsActive - Outdoors
Key areas of qualifications for the outdoors sector

Sustainable Development Commission

University of the First Age (UFA)
The UFA helps those working in education to develop practice by enriching your understanding of learning, creativity and innovation.

World of Learning Exhibition and Conference
annual 2 day conference for senior L&D professionals.

Free downloads
for outdoor educators and experiential trainers

The Existing Evidence-Base about the Effectiveness of Outdoor Learning (October 2015)
A report from Giving Evidence who campaign to improve the amount of evidence about charities’ effectiveness which is published, robust, findable, and clear.

The Environmental Curriculum: Opportunities for Environmental Education across the National Curriculum for England. (NAEE, 2015)

Learning Away - Curriculum Integration
This suite of resources provides insight into how Learning Away partnership schools plan curriculum focused residential experiences from KS1 to GCSE.
Learning Away Final Independent Evaluation

John Muir, Earth - Planet, Universe
Written by Julia Batagna, Illustrated by William Goldsmith
Free graphic novel - teacher's notes also available.

Optimism, Pessimism and Hope: Personal responses to the professional challenges of sustainability by Margaret Kerr, Osbert Lancaster & David Key

Learning Through Outdoor Experience: a guide for schools and youth groups by Alan Rogers and Mark K. Smith (editors). Free download.

Inclusion, Wild Places and the John Muir Award
A free booklet showing how the John Muir Award engages with people from a range of challenging backgrounds.

Global Report on Adventure Tourism
Explores the proper management of adventure travel for a sustainable, ethical tourism.

High Quality Outdoor Learning
The English Outdoor Council has re-written the previous guide 'High Quality Outdoor Education' to reflect changes since 2005. Published June 2015.

Horizons Archive Search
A free service for all visitors to the IOL website: instant access to outdoor learning articles over recent years.

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