This year, Whole Education has teamed up with Outward Bound to explore the impact that outdoor adventure learning can have on the academic attainment of ‘stuck’ students.
Whilst the benefits of outdoor learning have already been widely evidenced, the new ‘Lost Middle’ pilot project will be investigating the correlation between outdoor learning and academic progress against the backdrop of the new linear exams.
Over the course of a year, we will be working with groups of Y10 students who have the ability and drive to achieve, but struggle to maintain the academic buoyancy needed to thrive.
Twelve students and two of their teachers will complete a week with Outward Bound, during which they will be encouraged to actively reflect on their progress and consider how skills developed during the week could be applied and embedded in to their learning in the classroom.
To ensure learning is not lost, Whole Education and Outward Bound will facilitate a series of webinars and coaching calls for participating staff over the following months, supporting teachers to embed and maintain the language of outdoor learning in the classroom.
The pilot will culminate in a joint evaluation of the extent to which outdoor learning influenced the academic progress of ‘stuck’ students.
The video above shows how one school in the Whole Education network – Walsall Academy – used Outward Bound to help deliver a ‘whole education’ that developed the knowledge, skills and qualities of their young people.
If you are interested in joining this exciting new project, please contact Verity from Whole Education.