Research into
Learning in the Natural Environment
(LiNE) in York schools

What is this all about?!

This is a research project as part of my Masters in Education at York St. John University (more about me below).

The aims of this research are as follows:

Gather Teacher Experiences

I’m interested to know about the experiences of teachers from a range of schools across York, in delivering outdoor education for their students. Some teachers will struggle with the notion of learning outside the classroom whilst others will have it down to a fine art. I’m interested in what works and doesn’t work for you.

Compare to other Research

There is a wealth of evidence surrounding the benefits of outdoor education and recently there has been a 4-year long demonstration project in the south of England concerning the effective implementation of LiNE in 125 schools. I’m interested in how this and other research can benefit students and teachers in York.

Share Solutions

Teachers in York will have learned valuable lessons of what to do and what not to do when it comes to learning outside the classroom. There are also many lessons learned from the Natural Connections Demonstration Project and other studies. I’d like to share these solutions with teachers in all of the schools in York.

Go to Signpost Resources

Signpost Resources

There are many fantastic people in York willing to share their local knowledge with York schools and there already exists York-specific lesson plans that you can use along with specialist equipment for you to borrow. I’ll be creating a curated directory of Outdoor Education Resources to help you deliver LiNE in your schools.

** THIS RESEARCH HAS NOW FINISHED **

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this research!

I really appreciate the time you have all taken to help me, and even more so to share your wealth of experiences of outdoor education.

It has been enlightening speaking with you or reading about your experiences, both good and bad.

I hope the findings will help to implement more LiNE across the City.

You can read about the findings here.

PLUS you can see all the great resource websites I have come across at the new website at OutdoorEducationResources.UK

THANK YOU!

The Evidence

There has recently been a 4 year long study into Learning in the Natural Environment in England called The Natural Connections Demonstration Project which highlighted the benefits of learning outside the classroom as well as looking at best practice in the delivery of it.
There are numerous benefits of LiNE for both students and teachers

For several decades there has been a growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of outdoor education but from 2012 to 2016 Natural England, Defra, Historical England and other bodies came together with the University of Plymouth to conduct England's biggest study into Learning in the Natural Environment.

Overwhelming benefits to both students and teachers were observed including better engagement in learning and academic achievement, better motor skills and increase levels of physical activity and improvement in behaviour and attendance rates for students, along with positive impacts on teaching practice, professional development, job satisfaction and the health and well-being of teachers.

  • 95% of children surveyed said outdoor learning makes lessons more enjoyable

  • 85% of schools saw a positive impact on behaviour

  • 90% of staff surveyed found outdoor learning to be useful for curriculum delivery

  • 92% of schools said it improves pupils’ health and wellbeing and engages them with learning

The Natural Connections Demonstration Project 2012-16

Who am I?

If I'm asking you to contribute to (or at least be interested in) this project then I should probably offer a bit of information about myself!

Hello!

This is a picture of me in 2010 in an article in York Press. You can click here if you really want to get my brief history! I’ve always loved teaching and learning in the outdoors so to now be able to get a Masters in Education based on LiNE was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

Ranger

I got my first ranger job way back in 1999 when I first left university. I quickly learned that I loved running educational sessions outdoors, and had a succession of ranger-type jobs and rose to become senior ranger with the City of York Council. Along with the other Rangers we would work with as many York schools as we could throughout the year as well as running informal activities and events and green spaces across York.

NQT

I had previously spent 18 months as an unqualified supply teacher in Warrington and surrounding areas, but decided in 2016 to train as a secondary school geography teacher. I was lucky enough to be placed at Manor Academy with a shorter placement at Huntington High School. I’m completing this Masters degree before embarking upon my NQT probation year.

Research Ethics

York St. John University take ethics in research very seriously and as such this research has had to pass through their research ethics process before it gained clearance for me to start.

This includes ensuring the privacy of those individuals taking part, as well as that of the schools involved. As such, no individual or school will be identified in this research.

For further details of these and other safeguards that are in place for this research please see this blog post.

** THIS RESEARCH HAS NOW FINISHED **

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this research!

I really appreciate the time you have all taken to help me, and even more so to share your wealth of experiences of outdoor education.

It has been enlightening speaking with you or reading about your experiences, both good and bad.

I hope the findings will help to implement more LiNE across the City.

You can read about the findings by clicking the button.

THANK YOU!

Updates...


** This project has now finished **

The blog post below showing the findings of the research is useful, and the other blog posts may still be of interest to you.

And of course, don't forget the OutdoorEducationResources.UK website.

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