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TLI Research: Natural Schooling - Erasmus project and student conference

The Natural Schooling Research Development Group held it's first official meeting on the 23rd November with it's new chair, Debbie Lambert.

As one of The Learning Institute's Research Development Groups, Natural Schooling offered a popular workshop at the recent foundation degree student conference, which not only included an overview of the Natural Schooling group but also highlighted the wider support that was available to students and trainees wishing to take their learning outdoors. This included training provided by Arena Wild Tribe Outdoor Learning (also part of The Learning Institute) and additional support to take the curriculum outdoors provided by the National Curriculum Outdoors series of books. Students and trainees were also invited to engage with the Natural Schooling group and Natural Schooling Project.

Which leads on to the next item!

A big congratulations to the Natural Schooling group which has successfully bid for an Erasmus funding grant for a Natural Schooling Project - stay tuned for more information!  

If you are interested in joining the group (and everyone is welcome!) please email

To find out how Arena Wild Tribe Outdoor Learning can support the delivery of Outdoor Learning within a school setting click here

To find out about the National Curriculum Outdoors - a complete scheme of work books, written by The Learning Institute tutor Deborah Lambert, Arena Director Michelle Roberts and Sue Waite and published by Bloomsbury click here.  The books have a 30% discount until the beginning of December to celebrate achieving a variety of awards. 

Did you know?

The Natural Schooling name originates from a Malone and Waite (2016) report which advocates an embedded practice of progressive forms of sustained outdoor learning, learning in natural environments, termed ‘Natural Schooling’: 

Malone, K. and Waite, S. (2016) Student Outcomes and Natural Schooling: Pathways from evidence to impact 2016.

If you would like to read this, you can access it here.