Does the John Muir Award help the people you work with be Healthy?
Healthy: Having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, and support in learning to make healthy and safe choices.
81% said yes.
- Half of the comments made reference to the psychological benefits of being outdoors. They noted an improvement in the mental wellbeing of participants, including increased motivation and reduced stress.
“Both physical and mental health is improved through activity, being outdoors and social interaction.”
- A further third specifically mentioned seeing increased physical activity for their participants.
“Our weekly activities required the children to walk to different sites in the woods and some had steepish paths. Pupils commented that they had slept well the night they had been at the woods, or that they had fallen asleep on the sofa when they got in from school!”
- Many also referenced the simple benefits and enjoyment of being in the fresh air.
Some comments also mentioned that it is difficult to answer this question about the John Muir Award in isolation, so answered more generally about their activity outdoors (see attribution page).
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Pupil comments indicate how much they enjoy the activities. Also I can see the engagement and the impact it has on pupils who are often switched off by more formal classroom learning and who can have difficulties with social skills.Award Provider