John Muir Training Overview

This one-day introductory course is for teachers, head and assistant head teachers, classroom assistants, pupil support and youth workers, community learning staff, and all who support outdoor learning.

It explores the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for successfully delivering the John Muir Award in a schools, education and curriculum context.

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About The John Muir Award

The John Muir Award is a national environmental Award scheme focused on wild places. It’s all about connecting with, enjoying and caring for wild places. It is non-competitive and open to people from all backgrounds. For more information about the even emailus or call us on 01304 851 737.

What is the John Muir Award?

The John Muir Award aims to encourage people to experience and enjoy wild places, and to take some responsibility for their own environment.  It is a flexible scheme which offers a focus for a wide range of outdoor, environmental, and personal development activities.  The structure of the John Muir Award provides an excellent framework for programmes based around supporting those who may not thrive in a traditional classroom setting, to recognise their own potential and abilities and gain skills that they will use in many other areas of their lives.

Aims

This one-day introductory course is for teachers, head and assistant head teachers, classroom assistants, pupil support and youth workers, community learning staff, and all who support outdoor learning.

It explores the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for successfully delivering the John Muir Award in a schools, education and curriculum context.

During the training you will

  • Learn about the John Muir Award and how it is used to support pupils, schools and families
  • Explore and understand John Muir Award Criteria and how to use it in your setting
  • Review and highlight existing John Muir Award experience and activity in the region
  • Participate in a range of outdoor activities and explore how they can be integrated into the curriculum
  • Explore different methods and locations for delivering the John Muir Award with different groups
  • Explore ways to evaluate the impact of outdoor learning
  • Find out more about John Muir and the John Muir Trust 

Programme

9.30 – 4.00 including break for lunch and coffee and tea

Session 1:  The John Muir Award – background and overview; benefits session; processes session.

Session 2:  The John Muir Award and Up on the Downs – The Bay Trust experience; case studies and personal experiences from schools; the fit with Rippledown and outdoor learning programmes; research and the benefits of outdoor learning.

Session 3:  Structuring and planning a John Muir Award, focus on the 4 Challenges.

Session 4:  Curriculum linking and action planning in small groups.

In preparation

Please bring suitable clothes and shoes for spending time outside. We recommend watching our 10 minute introduction film to the John Muir Award  before the training day. The John Muir Award Information Handbook can be downloaded for free.  You will also receive a hard copy to take away on the day.

Find us

Between Dover & Deal

We opperate on two sites just 4 miles apart off the A258 between Dover and Deal.

St Margaret's Bay

For the Pines Calyx, Pines Garden, Tea Room and Museum.

Ringwould

Rippledown
Outdoor Learning Centre

The Bay Trust

Rippledown