The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

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I'm off to an Outdoor Learning Workshop tomorrow at DEFRA to hear more about the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.  Here's the ambitious agenda:

Overview of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan Framework and Connecting People with the Environment strand

Activity 1: The evidence: what is Outdoor Learning and why does it matter?

  • What is Outdoor Learning?
  • Why does it matter? What are the benefits?
  • What is the offer at each stage of a child’s education and who are the providers?

Activity 2: How can we measure levels of outdoor learning?

  • What do we know about levels of outdoor learning across the country?
  • Are there disparities between different social groups?
  • How could we find out more about the current picture?

Workshop: Barriers and Transformation

1.    What are the barriers and challenges to Outdoor Learning?

2.    Transformation: how do we overcome the challenges to Outdoor Learning and achieve transformation in levels of connection?

  • Now
  • Over the next 5 years
  • Over the next 10 years
  • How can the sector help to initiate a step change in scale of activity?
  • Examples of ‘what works’
  • How can we help to ensure providers are “sector ready”?
  • What are the gateways we need to get through to achieve change?
  • What can/should Government do to help?

Summary discussion and next steps


This is all to be done in two and a half hours.  There are no papers.  Given the amount of time and ink that has been devoted to these questions over many years now, that seems astonishing.  Is DEFRA really unaware of it?  We shall see ...

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