£120 – £350

Inspirational Outdoors 2018 - A two day outdoor learning & play conference

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Mount Pleasant Ecological Park

Chapel Hill

Porthtowan

TR4 8HL

United Kingdom

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Following some excellent feedback from 2017, we are pleased to bring you our 2018 conference. The most popular request from last year was for the conference to be longer. We have listened and are giving you a whole two days. We may release day tickets in the New Year if we have capacity.

This conference is aimed at Primary staff (Heads, Teachers and Teaching Assistants), Early Years Practitioners, Home Educators, After School and Holiday Club Managers and their staff. We're also more than happy for interested practitioners in other fields to attend. During the sessions we hope that you will share your knowledge with others.

Workshops will be added to this page as we book them.

The conference is hosted by Niki Willows - Outdoor Play Consultant and Trainer, and Martin Besford owner and manager of the Ofsted 'Outstanding' outdoor nursery, Highway Farm

The aims of the conference are:

  • To enable your staff team to collect practical, low cost or no cost ideas which they will be able to take away and start today.
  • To enable practitioners to develop high quality outdoor learning environments which will have a positive impact on children and staff.
  • To provide practical and hands on workshops, backed up with research and evidence about the benefits of outdoor play and learning.

This conference will cover many aspects of outdoor learning including:

  • Logistics of getting out of the classroom/setting
  • Increasing staff confidence outdoors
  • Create exciting learning opportunities outdoors
  • A wealth of practical ideas and activities linked to the curriculum
  • Professional development and upskilling
  • Evidencing outcomes within Outdoor Learning
  • Resources
  • Links, support and advice

The venue is Mount Pleasant Ecological Park which has been developed over the last 10 years as a unique community resource, all set within 42 acres of organic farmland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north Cornish coast. If you are interested in buildings, the Eco-Park has the largest load bearing rammed earth structure in the UK; a tyre amphitheatre; a walled fire circle and covered courtyard. A perfect location for this inspirational training opportunity.

Running order -

Day One

Keynote - Niki Willows - Outdoor Play Consultant ''Making The Most of Your Outdoor Space''

Niki was previously Play Development Advisor for Wiltshire Council, and has lectured on Outdoor Play for Early Years & Childcare degree courses. She also has run Forest School training. She now lives and works in Cornwall running outdoor play sessions for families, has a licence from Cornwall Council to run school Beach Teach sessions and continues to create CPD opportunities for school and nursery staff.

Quest with Phil Waters

Phil Waters was a PhD student at the European Centre Environment & Human Health analysing the use of narrative as a means to engage children playfully in the natural environment.

Throughout his career Phil has worked with thousands of children in many different contexts using play as both a vehicle for transformation, while also valuing and celebrating its intrinsic value in children’s daily life experiences. Phil has written and delivered various playwork training programmes in the UK and the USA.

Collectively all these elements conspired to make the content for Phil’s PhD; the use of narrative as a means to engage children playfully in the natural environment, with ambitions of increasing their physical activity and their ecological literacy and altruism for the natural world.

Vegetarian lunch,

Workshops 1 & 2

Q & A - Close

Early evening - weather dependant, inspirational chat around the campfire in The Small Wood or on Porthtowan Beach. Skill sharing and networking opportunity.

Day Two


Keynote - Martin Besford - Owner of Highway Farm Activity Centre

Highway Farm - The Outdoor Journey. “ Passion, Possibilities and Perseverance “


Martin Besford has a background in Early years, primary education, outdoor pursuits and play work. Martin has delivered training for Cornwall County Council, Playlines, Playwork Partnerships and the University of Gloucester, leading him to develop, write and deliver training independently. Martin has more recently delivered various training abroad and has been asked to deliver a keynote speech at a conference in America next year for David Sobel.
Previously Martin has worked in various roles across play and education and in 2006 he started Highway Farm Activity Centre with just a farmer's field offering outdoor holiday play schemes. Now it is a centre classed by Ofsted as ‘ Outstanding ‘ providing an outdoor nursery, holiday play scheme and after school club, in an exceptionally nurturing outdoor environment. Martin also offers training and consultancy to schools, nurseries and the wider education sector.


Workshops 1 & 2,

Vegetarian lunch

Grand Finale

You will choose your workshops as you arrive each day, This will be on a first come first served basis.

Please dress for the glorious Cornish weather - this could mean sunscreen, or full waterproofs, or most likely- both! Please be prepared




Accomodation - Please book this independently

Camping is available at the venue, please contact the Eco-park direct.

EcoPark Office 01209 891500 ecoparkcampsite@gmail.com

The Unicorn pub, is less than 2 miles away, with B&B and dorm style rooms (if you're bringing your whole staff team!)

Travelodge at Hayle, less than 10 miles away.

Directions

Take the St Agnes turning off the A30 (at Starbucks) and follow the signs to Porthtowan. At the top of Chapel Hill turn left signposted Mount Pleasant Ecological Park.

Social Media - please use #IOP18 which stands for Inspirational Outdoors Porthtowan 2018 - watch this space for 2019!

If you'd like to chat to others about the event please feel free on our Facebook page




Nitty Gritty

  • All tickets must be bought via Eventbrite, we can not make any exceptions.
  • Ticket sales end on Monday June 4th.
  • No refunds can be issued after May 28th.
  • This is an adults only event.
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Mount Pleasant Ecological Park

Chapel Hill

Porthtowan

TR4 8HL

United Kingdom

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