innovatED Magazine - Issue 3 - Autumn 2019


A lively mix of news, articles, opinion, research, insight and regulatory updates. We take a global perspective and bring the latest developments and outstanding practice from across the world and across different sectors to enable educators to deliver the very best for their pupils. Produced by an experienced and knowledgeable teaching and school leadership team, innovatED is a termly must-read for all staff rooms.

How an outdoor adventure could transform your pupils’ outlook

Into the unknown:

Outdoor Learning

see huge benefits.

What we like about Outward

Bound® courses is the application

of educational theory and

pedagogy. The courses are all

about developing the child - not

just about doing outdoor activities.

This means that each child works with the same

instructor throughout the course, and the challenges

are adapted to suit the needs of the individual and the

group as the week progresses. Importantly, there is also

a large amount of reflection time built in. So as well as

gorge scrambling or camping out, each child is given

the opportunity to think hard about their own strengths

and areas to work on. At the end of the course, they

come away with a personal report, compiled jointly by

the child and their Outward Bound instructor.

St. Hugh's Preparatory School, Lincolnshire.

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity

that uses the outdoors to help develop young people

from all walks of life. Here Gavin Sinnott of St Hugh’s

Preparatory School in Lincolnshire describes the

benefits for prep school pupils.

The course equips them with valuable skills such as

resilience, inter-dependence and helping others. Over

the years we have seen children with challenging

behaviour thrive in the outdoor environment, and

become helpful and caring to others. We have seen

others who are naturally timid soar with new found


By Gavin Sinnott, Director of Studies

“Since its foundation over 75 years ago, the charity has

been running adventurous and challenging experiential

outdoor learning courses that equip young people with

valuable skills for education, work and life.

To find out more contact The Outward Bound Trust on

01931 740000 or

Increasingly, schools are seeing the value of education

outside the classroom, especially at specific turning

points in young people’s lives, such as the move from

junior to senior school.

St Hugh’s, where I am Director of Studies, is a case in

point. We are a small rural school which benefits from a

real community feel with pupils and teachers getting to

know each other very well. Children develop

independence and confidence and become used to

taking responsibility. But this means that the transition

to a much bigger senior school can be a difficult time.

As a reward and celebration of their time at St Hugh’s,

we send all our Year 8 pupils on a week-long residential

to The Trust’s Lake District Centre at Howtown and we

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