Natalie Harling is Head of Education at The Outward Bound Trust. During her 15 years with The Trust, she has been instrumental in developing Education Partnerships with a wide selection of schools across the UK. Natalie initiated The Trust’s Education Advisory Boards for Scotland and England. She has an active passion in developing the opportunities for The Trust to support and engage in the national curriculum and curriculum for excellence. From experience Natalie has seen how senior management and governors in schools appreciate The Trust’s biennial Social Impact Report, which supports and proves the value of an outdoor learning residential.
Do British pupils get enough of the outdoors during lesson time? What can al fresco teaching offer both students and teachers? Natalie Harling, the Outward Bound Trust’s head of education development, explains why a bit of fresh air can do the education system a lot of good.
Being outdoors is good for you. This is something we are taught from an early age that fresh air and exercise, both indoors and outdoors, are beneficial to our wellbeing. However, as teachers we usually associate the outdoors with playtime, free time and enjoyment. It’s Friday, it’s half term, it’s the summer holidays – and perhaps not as the impactful outdoor place of learning that it can be.