Learning Escape Blog
On Wednesday, 27th November, The Academies Show will be taking place at the Birmingham NEC.
As of 1st November 2013 there are 3,444 schools that have achieved academy status enabling them to take independent decisions regarding the management of, amongst other things, their own finances, buildings and grounds.
Professor Aric Sigman has demonstrated that exposure to the natural environment provides children with a welcome break from the arresting effect of technology, allowing them to “attend without paying attention” as they explore their surroundings.
Though their perception of it may be subconscious the positive consequences of “the countryside effect”, as recent studies have termed it, are easily identifiable. Exposure to the outdoor environment is proven to improve the concentration, attitude and per...
For the UK’s secondary school children, the past week will have offered a much needed break from the stresses and demands of homework, coursework and exams. Half term is intended to help students relax but the sad truth, as revealed in our latest white paper report, is that most teenagers will have spent the time watching TV, going online or playing on their smartphones, rather than enjoying their outdoor space. Research has shown that Britain’s 11-15 year olds spend 7.5 hours a day - almost ha...
According to the Local Government Association, almost half of English school districts will have a shortage of primary places by 2015, threatening to raise an even bigger challenge for parents hoping to secure their child a space at their ‘first-choice’ primary school.
Performing Shakespeare beneath the shade of an oak tree, or teaching children to paint in green, open fields are ideas often compromised by the British climate, which reminds us of the need for a creative, but practical, working space. Schools are keen to include outdoor learning in the main curriculum, and creative subjects like art, drama and music can greatly benefit from this exposure to the natural world.