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BACKGROUND

Education

Outdoor learning is a strong priority with the Scottish education system, and Open Ground has been involved in moving this field forward over the last few years.  Open Ground contributes to developments in best practice, training, research and policy. Strengthening pupils and teachers understanding and connections to their places is the key theme of all the projects run by Open Ground.  Taking new perspectives on familiar landscapes helps us see the richness and value of where we live. 

  

Experience

Open Ground has worked with many schools and organizations in Scotland, including: The GalGael Trust, the Wilderness Foundation, Education Scotland, Crofting Connections, Scottish Natural Heritage and a large number of primary and secondary schools.

 

Open Ground developed and delivered the  ‘Learning Landscapes’ project with seventeen local schools in North Argyll, Scotland.  These were term long projects which helped each school develop localized curriculum. The projects included four to six days facilitated by Open Ground involving place-based learning inside and outside the classroom, teacher training and building links with the community.

 

More recently Open Ground has developed the ‘Outdoor Learning Film Festival’ which has run three times in various areas of northern Scotland. This projects involves each class/school making a short film through a combination of outdoor and classroom based learning.  Each film is devised, researched, scripted, filmed and edited by the children. The festival culminates in evening showings of all the films at the local community cinema. 

 

Training

Open Ground trains teachers and educators in the techniques of outdoor learning and place-based education.  Open Ground has run courses independently, and for Education Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  These workshops focus on developing teacher capacities such as confidence, planning, and delivery, allowing the participants to shape their own lessons and curriculum with local elements.  Open Ground also developed a post graduate course for Edinburgh University.

 

Flexibility

Educational projects with Open Ground always involve repeat visits outdoors providing exciting and engaging experiences for students, but also fostering teachers capacities.  Projects are charged on a daily rate. 

 

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