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Classrooms in an outdoor natural environment bring a wide range of benefits. It is recognised within the school that as individuals we all have different methods of learning.

The outdoor environment is a valuable learning platform on many levels. Learning skills in outdoor activities develops resilience, builds confidence and provides a sense of achievement alongside enhancing mental health and wellbeing.

External Leadership (EL) is about pupils having the opportunity to work with others and develop leadership skills in a variety of different activities whilst challenging themselves in areas of independence and resilience and encourages perseverance.

It helps pupils to develop life and employability skills and to build self-confidence, enhancing positive communication with peers and adults. It further encourages positive mental health and wellbeing.

All activities are differentiated personally for each pupil, moving at their pace in order for all to achieve.

Activities include kayaking & canoeing, SUPs, gorge walking, bush craft, walking & map reading, drowning prevention, indoor wall climbing, outdoor climbing, caving, archery, bouldering & abseiling, residential’s, independent travel, in-town orientation and orienteering.
These all contribute to skills for life!

Students achieve certification in first aid, water sports, drowning prevention, bush craft and various other activities through the NOLA award, and working closely with the Welsh Curriculum.

It is evidenced that the adventure and outdoor experience produces life-long memories. It also links into sustainability in different environments such as college and work placements.

Staff training

EL contributes to the BTH School staff training programme in a variety of ways.

This includes the delivery of Risk Management v Risk Benefit and writing Risk Assessments.

First Aid

Training consists of a variety of courses including Life Support, Emergency First Aid at Work and AED training & Rescue Emergency Care (designed for remote environments).

Waterside Management

Staff learn skills for rescue and group management at the waters edge including specific Risk Assessments.

Staff fun days

A chance for all staff to work in teams on outdoor activities.

Water sports

Accredited training for Kayak, Canoe and stand up paddle boards.

In house certification

Bush Craft.

Links to our partners

RLSS UK

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK)

REC

Remote emergency care

Canoe Wales

Canoeing, Kayaking and Paddlesport in Wales

Institute of Outdoor Learning

Professional body

British Mountaineering Council

Professional body

Mountain Training

The Mountain Leader scheme

“EL provides ‘out of the box’ opportunities that students are not used to having in school. The activities allow staff and students to be equal in a way that both are trying new things at the same time, giving good bonding and confidence building.”

Staff Member

“EL really is fun! It helps to clear the mind after working in class and some of the activities, such as caving, have helped me face my fears and built resilience and strength.”

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