Ancrum Outdoor Centre act as technical advisers to Dundee City Council and Leisure & Culture Dundee and manage licensing and approval for all school off-site adventurous visits.

All Dundee schools receive core targeted alternative curriculum block sessions with the Centre throughout the year. Schools may also buy-in additional sessions / programmes through the year (using PEF or other funding) that can help support children and young people to develop their personal and social skills as well as taking part in direct curriculum related field studies.

Ancrum Outdoor Team offer trainning for Primary school teachers in the 'Outdoor Learning Card' pack resource and other courses for school staff which can be delivered in twilight sessions and other in-house training as advertised in 'Mylearn'.

School staff can also book onto NGB courses being run from the Centre including Lowland Leader Award Training and Assessment, 2 day REC Outdoor First Aid, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Bikeability Cycle Training Assistant courses.

For more information download our Dundee Outdoor Learning School Activity and Training Packages programme.

Learning Away aims to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have for students and teachers, and to engage increasing numbers of primary and secondary schools across the UK in the development of their residential practice.

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Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits

This framework has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE), Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners including voluntary organisations and providers.

Listening and talking, reading and writing in literacy and English and modern languages, plus classical languages and literacy and Gaelic learners (where available).

There are lots of parks and green spaces in Dundee just a stones throw from your nursery school.  View our map of outdoor greenspaces near your school.

Loch Leven is a wildlife haven - and a great place to learn about nature.

In spring and summer, experience the sights and sounds of swooping swallows, sky-dancing lapwings and darting dragonflies. Autumn and winter see the return of thousands of migrating geese and the spectacular white-tailed eagle.

Bring your class and find out more about their life cycles and adaptations for survival through our range of habitats and conservation programmes.  

Facilities include a varied outdoor learning space with woodlands and wetlands, an indoor classroom, toilets, pond dipping areas, birdwatching hides, and woodland and wetland trails.

The Scottish Advisory Panel is the forum for representatives from Local Authorities across Scotland to consider and debate best practice in the development and safe delivery of Outdoor Learning.

Discover more about the places that make the Tayside and Grampian area so special.

Understanding people, place and society in the past and present including history, geography, modern studies and business education.

sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. We see a Scotland where sport is a way of life, where sport is at the heart of society, making a positive impact on people and communities.

Including computing science, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies.

Wild Sparks can offer schools and groups a variety of enrichment days at our site on Bamff Estate, Alyth. Experienced Wild Sparks leaders will take your class on an adventure in outdoor learning, with activitiy programmes for all levels.  Activity programmes include:

  • Wee Wild Sparks (Nursery to P1)
  • Wild Sparks Adventurers (P2+)
  • Wild Sparks Survivors (P5+)

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