Bristol CC Outdoor Education Centre situated in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean

Thursday 1 September 2011

INSET Training Start of Term

As I write this 17 teachers and staff from a primary school are starting their Autumn term with an INSET day with us. They are working in two groups and having a go at several of our in grounds activities: Team Problem Solving Challenges, Crate Stacking, Zip Wire and Abseiling. They are also doing an Environmental Scavenger Hunt up in the Forest and have just enjoyed a pub lunch before getting going again.

They're having a great time and enjoying the experience despite initial concerns. I was quick to point out that we work under the philosophy of 'challenge by choice'. Having said that many are achieving things they never thought they would have done at the beginning of the day! It all goes to show that Outdoor Learning works whatever your age.

We have now run quite a few INSET days for school staff as well as other corporate groups. They make great team bonding days. This school is also using it as CPD for what you can do with children and is also using it as a way to look at observing behaviour and motivations and providing feedback.

It's also been a nice way for us to start the term before our first residential group of children arrive on Monday. So if you fancy doing something different for your next INSET day - give us a call!

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