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Outdoor Education: Greater London

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage out-of-classroom learning in London; and if he will make a statement. (206466)

Under the ‘New Views’ programme run by Field Studies Council (FSC), the Department has provided subsidised residential learning outside the classroom experiences for over 120,000 key stage 3 pupils from London secondary schools.

Last year the Department funded the FSC to support the provision of residential courses for 6,000 key stage 3 pupils from 100 London schools, and to deliver training for teachers to develop effective integration of the residential experience into schools. The FSC have recently developed and trialled a suite of Curriculum Adventure courses targeted at disadvantaged students in underperforming London, Black Country and Manchester schools. The courses focused content on the Mathematics, English and science curricula using the outdoor environment and adventure activities as a stimulus and context for learning.

More widely to support schools to deliver high-quality learning outside the classroom the Department is producing a comprehensive set of ‘How to’ guidance to help with planning; funding, running and publicising learning outside the classroom. A series of continuing professional development modules will underpin this guidance.