Natural Connections Demonstration Project, 2012- 2016: Final Report
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This report presents the key findings from the Natural Connections Demonstration Project, that aimed to encourage teachers to take curricular learning outdoors. The project was commissioned by DEFRA, Natural England and Historic England, and delivered by a team at Plymouth University. 125 schools contributed to the evaluation which found that: 1. schools most likely to engage with outdoor learning displayed strong leadership and were open-minded about trying new things 2. schools reported a statistically-significant increase in the amount of time spent on outdoor learning activity across the project 3. Schools adopted many different models of outdoor learning 4. Schools invested time, goodwill, energy and funding in outdoor learning 5. Over 90 per cent of responding schools agreed that outdoor learning was useful for curriculum delivery 6. Outdoor learning had positive impacts for teachers and pupils 7. the project model of distributed independent brokerage was found to have the capacity to unlock latent demand for outdoor learning in schools, and to support schools in embedding low-cost outdoor learning practice.
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