Spending on outdoor education .

In the Borders region our school pupils are not having the same opportunities for outdoor learning enjoyed by pupils living in other regions. Our neighbour, East Lothian Council have invested a lot of money in outdoor education over recent years. They have a purpose built outdoor learning centre with huge variety of equipment , clothing, kit and staff to deliver an unending list of activities. I was told recently that 30% of borders pupils have been given the opportunity to do a Bike Ability course this year. Pathetic. Bike Ability courses are run in all East Lothian primary schools as are canoeing, kayaking, SUP, sailing, hill walking, coasteering, orienteering, survival skills, gorge walking, beach combing, climbing, Duke of Edinburgh bronze to gold. Pupils are given the opportunity from P1 to S6 to get involved in the outdoors in East Lothian. With only one full time member of staff they simply employ outdoor instructors to run all the courses. Borders pupils should be given the same opportunities ,no excuses, and money found to finance.

Why the contribution is important

We must invest in our children's health and future.

by rosebaird on November 24, 2015 at 03:41PM

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  • Posted by Alisontaylor November 29, 2015 at 08:37

    Outdoor Education is vital for all our young people in the Borders. They can learn about so many things including sustainability. It should include local facilities and opportunities too. Primary pupils should be outdoors daily exploring and being children. Often in inclement weather we coup them up all day. Young people need fresh air and exercise and time to be free.
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