2. Wider school and community outcomes
Have there been any outcomes for colleagues/volunteers, or wider (school) community?
The role of the John Muir Award in supporting outdoor learning is a common theme referenced throughout the survey. Providers identified that using the Award has helped raise awareness of the benefits of outdoor learning and the value of this approach is increasingly being recognised by colleagues. Teachers felt that it provides “momentum and drive” for outdoor learning, and encourages more classes to use the outdoors on a regular basis. Building on this, many school-based Providers identified that they were working towards a long term approach of embedding the Award/Outdoor Learning in the curriculum. Some Providers identified how this helps develop a positive ethos and contributes towards the life of the school. For some schools, using the John Muir Award was helping them to towards a whole school approach to delivering the curriculum and make links to Learning for Sustainability.
Providers highlighted that their Award activity has helped develop partnerships with a range of agencies, forged links with the community and increased parental involvement. It has also added value to volunteering, often helping to motivate volunteers, keep their interest and continue their involvement. For some participants there has been a progression onto the next level of the John Muir Award, volunteering with outside agencies and for some young people their Award experiences have contributed to other Youth Awards and wider achievement.
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As a school we are now adopting a whole school approach to outdoor learning and this has been held up as excellent practice within Fife. Within school my colleagues are now seeing outdoor learning as an approach to learning and not as an additional core subject."Primary School Teacher