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Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development

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Experiential-CPD Monthly Calendar

February 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.

Reasons to be Cheerful

This month's 'thought' is a recommended link to a surprisingly cheerful article from Rob Bushby, John Muir Award Manager: Are children and young people really disconnected from nature?

The surprise is not that Rob is cheerful, it is that his cheerfulness comes through in an article about young people's connection with nature.

And my own reasons to be cheerful include the fact that I will be connecting with nature ...

walking reviewing workshop with Roger Greenaway

... near Stafford and Leicester (early February), nr Sheffield (early March) and Grisedale Forest (October). These are all outdoor workshops for outdoor educators in which reviewing methods are part of the journey we make. (Open to all, discount for IOL members.)

For a description (and photos) of my most recent walking workshop for outdoor educators, take a look at Reviewing Outdoors which includes a detailed guide to what you can expect.

Another Reason to be Cheerful (part 3) is that I have got through the ballot: on 1st September I'll be on the starting line for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. I am told there is plenty of opportunity for deep reflection (and French conversations) while walking up steep snowy hills in the moonlight ...

Roger Greenaway


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1-4th February 2017
1st GATE: Gathering for Adventure Therapy in Europe
Venue: Lliria Valencia, Spain
A gathering for practitioners, organizations, researchers and people interested in the field of Adventure therapy and Experiential learning working with youth at risk. Download the pdf

2nd February 2017
Build Better Learning Programmes
A practical 1 day workshop introducing you to experiential learning methods and to experience at first hand the potential of using RSVP Design’s learning tools and resources. See full description.

3-4th February 2017
Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adventure Conference: The Future of the Sector
Venue: Scottish Outdoor Education Centres, Belmont.
IOL ALBA and the Scottish Adventure Activities Forum (SAAF) are co-hosting this conference.

3-5th February 2017
Winter Bushcraft Weekend Course

8th February 2017
Drama in the Primary Curriculum
St Andrews, Short Street, London
David Farmer's CPD course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama club

11th February 2017
Reviewing Skills Training  Reviewing Outdoors
Sat 9am to 5pm at Shugborough Outdoor Centre, Stafford
with Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
Hosted by IOL Midlands Region. Open to all.
More information: description, costs and booking

12th February 2017
Reviewing Skills Training  Reviewing Outdoors
Sun 9am to 5pm at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Leicester
with Roger Greenaway, Reviewing Skills Training
Hosted by IOL Midlands Region. Open to all.
More information: description, costs and booking

15th February 2017
Introduction to Outdoor Learning for Teachers
Learn how to use different resources and approaches for creating and delivering safe outdoor learning lessons.

15th February 2017
Developing and Reviewing Active Learning
Chelmsford Water Recycling Centre
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.

20-21st February 2017
Group Dynamics
Highfield Park, Hook, Hampshire
Develop facilitator skills that access the group dynamic and maximise learning from experience. Learn to handle situations as they emerge, and be more aware of the influence that you have on a group, and vice versa.

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
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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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A-Z of UK CPD resources

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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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