Dr Katherine Forsey is a retained consultant for Gratnells, providers of storage and staging to schools and colleges and a leading outdoor education specialist. She is also the coordinator and an expert panel member for Learning Rooms, the acclaimed online free resource for teachers who want to improve teaching and learning. Katherine works with individual schools, local authorities and charities such as the Woodland Trust, commercial organisations and nationally recognised CPD centres such as the National Science Learning Network.
As far back as 2008, an Ofsted report concluded that: “The first-hand experiences of learning outside the classroom can help to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. It can also contribute significantly to pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.” This report evaluated the impact of learning outside the classroom in 27 schools and colleges across England. It went on to say that “Learning outside the classroom was most successful when it was an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities.”