Local School Nature Grants are now open for applications


Outdoor learning grant – Local School Nature Grants now open

Learning through Landscapes and People’s Postcode Lottery are very happy to announce that Local School Nature Grants are now open for applications.

This sees the scheme in its fourth year and our wonderful funder, the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, have been very supportive, as always, during this time and we are very happy to be back with you in school from September.

The launch of Phase 4 was previously delayed because of lockdown due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

The Local School Nature Grants programme gives schools the opportunity to apply for £500 worth of equipment and two hours of training (both from pre-prescribed lists). The product catalogue offers really great items to facilitate learning outdoors and the training helps you to maximise it. There are some new items for this phase including catapults, infrared thermometers and outdoor storage.
Before you apply have a look at our guidance notes for what makes a great application. If you have any questions please do contact us at LSNG@ltl.org.uk

Please read more and apply for your outdoor learning grant.

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Go outside and play! Opportunities for outdoor play critical for children during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

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Using outdoor learning to welcome children back to school: What schools are doing.


Hear how two schools have used outdoor learning to help children return and readjust to school life. Deputy Headteachers Charlotte Willoughby (Wood Street Infant School, Surrey) and Lewis Barratt-Rodger (Kendall C of E Primary School, Essex) have been doing to allow for social distancing whilst enabling the staff to deliver the curriculum safely and effectively outside. Hear the challenges they have faced and how these have been overcome, and the impact it’s had over the past few weeks.

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Nature-Based Early Learning Conference


From the Natural Start Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education:

Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, Online 29-31 July

The largest national gathering of nature-based early education professionals is moving online this year—more content, lower cost, lower carbon footprint!

Join us July 29-31 for more than 50 interactive live sessions, enjoy 24 hour on-demand access to more than 40 sessions throughout the conference week, and access all of the sessions for up to one year.

Professional development certificates are available for all sessions.

More information and registration here.

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Outward Bound – 1,000 fully-funded outdoor Adventure Days for young people this August

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Outdoor Classroom Day

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Free Trees for Schools and Communities from the Woodland Trust


From the Woodland Trust:

We want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So we’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

Choose your pack(s) from the list and fill out our application form. We have two delivery periods per year, one in March and the other in November. We are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in NOVEMBER 2020.

Before you start you’ll need to:

  • Know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using the grid reference finder

  • Have permission from the legal landowner

  • Read through our short list of FAQs. They are packed full of important and useful information which will help your application.

More details and how to apply here.

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The Risk to Staff and Pupils in School from Covid-19


Webinar with Dr Matt Butler from Addenbrooke’s Hospital

From Leeds for Learning, a very thoughtful recent question and answer session on COVID-19 risks in schools and education settings from Dr Matt Butler from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, a consultant from the COVID Assessment Unit at Cambridge University Hospitals.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr Matt Butler from Addenbrooke’s Hospital for his incredibly informative and helpful webinar which was held on Friday 3rd July. Leaders from across the city found the webinar extremely valuable. Dr Butler gave reassurance and clarification on a number of issues.”

More information available below in another webinar question and answer session provided by Dr Butler in a session earlier on in the coronavirus situation on 8th May



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RSPB Wild Challenge Awards Scheme for Schools Educational Settings

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Geography Education Online – for GCSE and A Level Study – Online Introductory Event on 15 July at 4.00pm

New from the Geographical Association: GEO – Geography Education Online

Launching in autumn 2020, GEO is an innovative new standalone website created by the GA specifically for GCSE and A level geography students. GEO’s purpose is to provide engaging and high-quality geography support for students, many of whom face ongoing disruption to their learning as a result of COVID-19.

Through the GEO website, students will be able to access live online sessions with fieldwork tutors, live academic lectures and interactive subject content, free of charge. The perfect way to support your students through their GCSE and A level study.

A sample of the content is available now. Download this ppt, which incorporates a planning toolkit and designed to help students as they work through the different stages of the independent investigation.

We are pleased to be holding a launch event on 15 July at 4pm to introduce the new GEO website. The event will give you a chance to find out more about some of GEO’s key features and ask questions about the project. The event will be streamed live and is open to everyone. Register for the event here.

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