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The John Muir Award can be used as an outdoor learning intervention strategy to raise attainment and achieve equity in education.

Summit group - Moorside Primary

The Award is:

  • popular with teachers, youth workers and pupils 
  • adaptable to a range of learning settings
  • effective in engaging pupils and families most in need of support
  • embedding Learning for Sustainability 

Schools use the Award to help progress learning in their grounds, local greenspaces, with community partners, through residential programmes, and visits to protected areas such as National Parks.

See case studies for examples of how the Award can contribute to attainment priorities: 

  • Onthank Primary School, East Ayrshire use a Transformative Evaluation approach to assess the impact of a learning intervention: Wild Places, Attainment & the John Muir Award.
  • A teacher at Anderson High School shares why outdoor learning is key to improving wellbeing and attainment, including mapping how Award activities contribute to Scottish Government SHANARRI wellbeing indicators. 
  • A local greenspace partnership between Cadder Primary School and Lambhill Stables dedicated to widening opportunities for pupils through delivering the Award saw increased levels of self-confidence, reduced anxiety, calmer group dynamics and improved academic performance in end of year results. 

In action

Over the last 5 years, the John Muir Trust has monitored how different learning establishments across Scotland use the John Muir Award to support equity in education and raise attainment, including a Scottish Attainment Challenge partnership with East Ayrshire Council. To find out more, read our short summary of how the Award supports education recovery in Scotland, or download the full report below.