Natural England commission a range of reports from external contractors to provide evidence and advice to assist them in delivering their duties, and to identify and develop solutions most likely to be effective in increasing supply and demand for learning in natural environments.
In summary, the evidence in this Report clearly pointed to the need to provide better local face to face support to schools:
- to help more schools and teachers become aware of benefits of learning outside the classroom in natural environments and to inspire them to build learning outside the classroom in natural environments into their teaching practice;
- to help them feel more confident that the challenges they perceive can be overcome;
- to help them identify where learning outside the classroom in natural environments could address some of their specific teaching needs; and
- to increase the quality of both teaching and learning.
DILLON, J. & DICKIE, I. 2012. Learning in the Natural Environment: Review of social and economic benefits and barriers. Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number 092.