Secondary Outdoors

Young people are happier and healthier when they have regular opportunities to be outdoors. Make curriculum linked outdoor learning a regular part of your practice and you will help ensure positive intellectual, emotional, and social development whilst building the foundations for a lifelong connection with nature and our planet.

We’ve created this page to support secondary school educators in taking advantage of the benefits of outdoor learning and play. Find everything you need to take learning outdoors in your setting, including outdoor lesson ideas, guidance, training, and more.

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Below, you’ll find a wide range of resources to support your secondary outdoor learning and play practice. These include outdoor activities developed by secondary school educators; tips, tricks, and advice from our blog; and more in-depth guidance on outdoor learning and play at secondary school.

How to teach numeracy outdoors

Make maths come alive for your pupils with 5 ideas for teaching numeracy outdoors from early years to secondary school.

5 ways to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day

On November 2, thousands of schools around the world are stepping outside for Outdoor Classroom Day – here’s how to get involved.

How to write a winning Local School Nature Grant application

Local School Nature Grants are back! Explore our tips and tricks for writing a winning application.


We provide a wide range of online and in-person training courses to help you develop your secondary outdoor learning and play practice. The training options below include courses for individual teachers, school staff teams, and wider organisations such as local authorities and multi-academy trusts.

If you are looking for a more consultation-based approach, our Advisory Visit service includes an audit of your school grounds, observation of how they are currently being used and consultation with staff and children to produce a set of recommendations around your ongoing practice and development. We can also provide bespoke consultation services as required – please get in touch to request this.


We work closely with international partners to develop and deliver outdoor learning and play projects that connect children and young people to the natural world. Take a look at some of the work we’re doing in secondary schools.

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