Find updates on play, learning, and the environment, from across the wider network in Scotland – and beyond.

7thNovember 2023

Practical fieldwork skills key to improving geography education for pupils

This Field Studies Council article (4 October 2023) notes a government report which shows more young people than ever are choosing to study geography. However, Andy Pratt, FSC director of education, is concerned that weaknesses with fieldwork noted in the report might be holding pupils back in the subject. Read more [...]

7thNovember 2023

Nature connection Dutch style – a walking forest?

Would you like a breath of fresh air? Check out this amazing BOSK Youtube video of a ‘walking forest’ in the northern Dutch city of Leeuwarden. The event is also described in this article in The Guardian (4 August 2022).

7thNovember 2023

OPAL Mentor (East/North Scotland) Vacancy

Play Scotland are recruiting an OPAL Mentor (East/North Scotland).  OPAL – Outdoor Play and Learning - CIC is the UK's leading, award-winning organisation providing school improvement through play. As an OPAL Mentor, you will be working independently with primary school staff, guiding them through the 18-24-month strategic OPAL programme. The [...]

31stOctober 2023

Nature Connectedness and the Role of Path Networks

In this Paths for All blog post (2 October 2023) Richard Armstrong, Senior Development Officer with the Community Paths Team, gives his take on the importance of connecting with nature. This includes a great animation created by Paths for All, to show how easy it is to connect with nature.

26thOctober 2023

John Muir Award impact on Scotland’s education

The John Muir Trust has shared news of its  annual report summarising John Muir Award activity taking place with schools in Scotland (22 September 2023). This includes the following statistics: 384 schools involved in delivering the John Muir Award in Scotland (up 3% on 2021-22) 14,530 Awards achieved by pupils [...]

19thOctober 2023

Meadow in a box

This Scottish Pollinators post (28 September 2023) shares a guest blog by Simon Whitworth, currently working as a Countryside Officer at Aberdeen City Council. Find out about his work to help pollinators, and his ‘Meadow in a box’ scheme for schools. A great idea easily replicated in your area!