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Education in a post-COVID world: Taking learning and play outdoors

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Practical advice on using outdoors to improve mental & physical health, increase nature connection and raise academic achievement.

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Children's mental and physical health, connection to nature, and their academic learning have been affected by Covid-19 lockdowns around the world.

At this free Outdoor Classroom Day webinar, outdoor learning and play experts will share practical advice on how schools can use time outdoors to address the current challenges.

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Michael Follett is the UK’s most experienced expert on school playtimes and has been improving children’s lives through play for nearly 20 years. He is founder and Director of Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) CIC, which he established to work with schools, providers, councils, companies and organisations to improve all aspects of children’s opportunities to play and learn outdoors.

Matt Robinson is Scotland Director at Learning through Landscapes (LtL). He leads on the organisation’s Nature Scot projects, currently supporting schools to make better use of local greenspace for learning. Matt spends a lot of time preparing and leading training for primary and secondary schools and has 20 years experience in school and in outdoor centres.

Josefina Prieto has been co-creating Naturalizar at Fundación Ilumina - the first Outdoor Learning Early Childhood Program in Chile - since 2011. She teaches outdoor learning and play to pre-service teacher training students and has just founded a consultancy, e-spiral, which aims to interweave education with nature at schools and universities. Josefina leads the Outdoor Classroom Day movement in Chile in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

Who should attend?

This exclusive webinar is suitable for anyone working in an educational setting, with key takeaways for teaching staff.

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Semble is the UK’s most active network for community organisations. Semble is a founding partner of Outdoor Classroom Day and leads the global movement, working with respected environmental and educational NGOs around the world to deliver locally relevant campaigns.

Learning through Landscapes is a leading UK-based charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children. The organisation aims to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, and be more engaged with their learning. Learning through Landscapes leads Outdoor Classroom Day in the UK and Ireland.

About Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to inspire and celebrate outdoor play and learning, at home and at school. On Outdoor Classroom Day itself, which has two dates each year, teachers celebrate with a special day outdoors for their class.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the movement looks a bit different in 2020 – read the latest statement on Outdoor Classroom Day and coronavirus.

The next Outdoor Classroom Day is coming up on 5 November 2020 and the theme will be Love the Outdoors! Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before and this is affecting their health, wellbeing and love of the natural world. Time outdoors – on Outdoor Classroom Day and every day – will make children happier and healthier, as well as helping them form habits that will stick with them for life. They will have a love of the natural world and will take action to protect it.

Join the movement today!

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