400 Scottish schools now delivering John Muir Award

The Award celebrates another successful academic year which has seen a record number of students engaging with nature and wild places.

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  • 13,500 pupils and teachers achieve an Award in Scotland
  • Numbers rise by 8 per cent in a year
  • 24 per cent of participants from socially excluded backgrounds

The John Muir Trust is now working with over 400 schools across Scotland, including 40 per cent of all Secondary schools, to deliver the Award named after the Scots-born explorer, campaigner, writer and founder of the American national parks.

In total 13,468 Awards were achieved by pupils and teachers in the academic year from 2014-2015 – an 8 per cent increase since the previous year. In line with its commitment to being inclusive and accessible, 24 per cent of all Awards (3,196) were gained by pupils experiencing some form of disadvantage.

Rebecca Logsdon, the Scotland Education Manager of the John Muir Award said: “We are delighted with these figures, which show the Award and engaging with wild places becoming a mainstream part of how Curriculum for Excellence is delivered in Scotland”.

“We are particularly heartened by the number of pupils who have experienced some form of disadvantage who have been inspired by their Award participation to make a connection and get involved with nature. It maintains the John Muir Trust’s track record of working across all sectors of society. We are proud to make a valued contribution towards closing the attainment gap between the most and least advantaged children, in line with the Scottish Government’s focus on raising achievement for all.”

John Muir Award schools’ activity is often integrated through a range of partners, such as countryside ranger services, outdoor centres, and voluntary sector organisations. Activities have taken place across a wide range of settings including school grounds, local green spaces and National Parks.

The John Muir Trust would like to thank all its partners in supporting this activity. 


  • The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme that encourages people from all ages and backgrounds to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. It is the main engagement initiative of the John Muir Trust.
  • The John Muir Award can contribute to your Curriculum for Excellence and help meet a range of educational needs. Download ‘Curriculum for Excellence and the John Muir Award here
  • The John Muir Trust has responded to the Scottish Government’s plans of raising attainment for all by demonstrating how the Trust’s main engagement initiative – the John Muir Award – can contribute to an ‘attainment agenda’. Download the full document here
  • A report summarising Award activity per Local Authority ‘The John Muir Award Education Report - Scotland Academic Year 2014-2015’   is available on request from Rebecca@johnmuiraward.org