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With England in a national lockdown, the Government advice is to stay at home. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Online Teacher Training

Online Teacher Training

Get ready for a summer of outdoor learning

FREE online CPD from expert providers across the National Park. Sessions draw inspiration from the South Downs but will be helpful to any teacher looking for ideas and inspiration to take their teaching and learning outside the classroom this summer, no matter where they are based.

Sessions will focus on: delivering specific curriculum subjects and topics, school grounds development, using woodland effectively, fieldwork skills and health and wellbeing.

Join the online twilight sessions live across Autumn Term 2020 and Spring Term 2021 or watch the recordings when you get a chance. All of the training is FREE thanks to funding from the South Downs National Park Authority COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

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Watch previous sessions

Session recordings will be available until 31 March 2021.

  • Improving school grounds for pollinators (and pupils!)

    Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers and SLT.

      • Understand the benefits of improving your school grounds for butterflies and other pollinators.
      • Get practical advice on how to transform your grounds on a tight budget, even if you currently have limited green space.
      • Discover fun activities to help children get the most from improving their outside spaces – with a butterfly theme!
      • Download the handout

  • Natures classroom – science in the school grounds

    Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 science coordinators and teachers.

      • Understanding the benefits of outdoor education to children and nature.
      • An overview of 7 examples of learning national curriculum Science in the school grounds from Reception class to Year 6 including examples of cross curricular learning too e.g. Art, English, Music, RE.
      • Support will be provided for risk assessments as well as good hygiene and social distancing.

  • Feel better to learn better

    Suitable for EYFS practitioners, Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers and LSAs.

      • Using the outdoor environment to improve pupils wellbeing.
      • Using natural and creative elements to help to lower stress levels and reduce anxiety.
      • Giving pupils a chance to reflect, relax and reconnect with nature.
      • Download the handout

  • Farming in your school grounds – School Ground Development

    Suitable for teachers across all Key Stages.

      • Teachers will be confident in their understanding of how food is produced and grown on the farm.
      • Teachers will have a good understanding of how farming is managed to care for the environment.
      • Teachers will be inspired to use farming and food production in their teaching, specifically using their outdoor spaces to enhance the core subjects.
      • Download the handout

  • Wellbeing and the outdoors

    Suitable for all Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers and practitioners.

    • Understand human development within a nature-centric model.
    • Our senses and well-being.
    • The prevalence of ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how we can best support children.


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