Our Outdoor Learning network

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Our Outdoor Learning network

The Arthur Halliwell Education in the Outdoors Award 2018

Arthur Halliwell was a Kirklees employee who was involved in Eco Management, educational visits and health and safety. He was a “passionate supporter of children’s safety, rights and education”. He was the permanent clerk to governing bodies at three Kirklees schools and he also spent a year in Africa, where he set up a junior football team for children from a local orphanage.

After his death in 2006 his family commissioned a trophy (made by Mick Kirkby-Geddes)  and gifted it to Kirklees in Arthur’s memory “as a way of keeping his inspiring belief in young people and the quality of the world they live in thriving”. The annual award was called The Arthur Halliwell (Memorial) Sustainable Schools Award and the first winner was in 2008.

The award has now been passed by Kirklees into the care of the West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance and has been renamed and rejuvenated to focus on outdoor education. The applications will be judged by members of the WYTA Forest School and Outdoor Learning network.

Click here for the information sheet & application guidance

Click here for the 2018 Application Form

Click here for details of our next meeting ‘Ponds’

Our meetings

Our network

The West Yorkshire Teaching Alliance Outdoor Network has been meeting for over a year now and comprises a variety of staff from a wide range of schools across our area who meet to:

  • Establish a thriving Outdoor learning community, with strong links across our schools
  • Raise the profile of outdoor learning/Forest Schools in our schools, with our students and in our communities
  • Share ideas, strategies and resources – at every meeting

Forest Schools Overview

The aim of Forest Schools is to facilitate the engagement of individuals with the outdoors and promote personal, social and emotional development for all through hands on experiences with nature. Through group work and activities, children build up safety routines, trust and become increasingly confident with high levels of self-esteem. They become competent and secure in the setting and acquire skills that are transferable to the classroom and life in general.

During forest schools sessions children get the chance to:

  • Feel equal, unique and valuable
  • Have the freedom to explore & discover
  • Experience appropriate risks and challenges
  • Chance to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development, experiencing regular success
  • Develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • Build a strong, respectful relationship with the natural world

It is a really useful network for teachers and providers alike to share ideas and resources

Our network partners