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Teaching in Nature

Our Teaching in Nature programme  PDF document  works with teachers and other educators to support them through the next stage in their professional development in outdoor learning. We work with partners to match groups of educators with a place that is special for nature and support them to use it with their class. The Teaching in Nature programme (TiN) follows the first 'cycle' in the planning model for outdoor learning  PDF document , which participants work round at least twice.

In November 2014 we were successful in gaining accreditation external site from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), meaning that teachers who successfully take part in our Teaching in Nature programme gain Professional Recognition external site   in Outdoor Learning without having to apply separately to GTCS. 

The Teaching in Nature programme was informed by a research project of the same name. A summary external site of the research is also available.

GTC Scotland's Professional Recognition award logo  external site

Does Teaching in Nature work?

Teaching in Nature has proved a positive professional learning experience for many.  We contacted the 2012/13 cohort one year on (in May/June 2014) to find out whether the programme had had a lasting impact on their practice - find out more in the impact report  PDF document .  We also compiled case studies of some of the teachers and sites that took part. 

Sites:  Baron's Haugh RSPB Reserve  PDF document ; Battleby House  PDF document ; Blawhorn Moss National Nature Reserve  PDF document ; Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park  PDF document ; Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve  PDF document ; Loch Leven National Nature Reserve  PDF document

Teachers:  East Ayrshire; Fife  PDF document ; Inverclyde (All Saints Primary);  PDF document Inverclyde (Kilmacolm Primary);  PDF document North Lanarkshire  PDF documentPerth and Kinross  PDF documentStirling  PDF document ; West Lothian  PDF document

Teaching in Nature and You

Having seen the benefits to teachers and pupils, we would like more people to have the opportunity to take part in Teaching in Nature. There are some tips for teachers and other educators  PDF document  on using the Teaching in Nature approach. There are also some tips for rangers, site managers and others  PDF document  wishing to use the approach support educators to bring children and young people to their site.

If you are a Local Authority QIO, CPD Manager or OL/LfS Officer and would like to discuss how your teachers can get involved, or an organisation or individual looking to engage schools with your site, get in touch via the contacts in the 'tips for...' documents above. 

Initial Teacher Education

We have been working with partners for a number of years to share good practice in outdoor learning with Initial Teacher Education Institutions. A number of films are available from our 2013 event on our Youtube channel external site .  This event was part of our Sharing Good Practice programme. Sharing Good Practice events, for people from a wide variety of sectors, provide an opportunity for practitioners with differing levels of experience to network, learn from experts, influence future policy, share ideas and gain new insights and inspiration.