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Outdoor education

The Countryside Alliance Foundation is working hard to get outdoor education included in the National Curriculum, recognising the valuable learning opportunities that the countryside can offer young people.

With 92% of parents wanting their children to have more opportunities to get into the countryside to learn about farming and nature, there is clearly widespread support for our view. We have established an extensive outdoor education programme that includes an exciting portfolio of education resources and research initiatives designed to raise awareness of the countryside and the importance of protecting the natural environment. In addition, the fresh air and exercise associated with outdoor learning brings with it considerable health and wellbeing benefits that for many children are lacking in their daily lives. The Countryside Alliance Foundation has developed an imaginative online project called Countryside Investigators, which is a valuable learning tool used by 10% of primary schools in England and Wales. The website is accessible, eye catching and fun to use, and includes films, games and a teachers’ area.

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Sponsor Jessica's Cardiff Half Marathon challenge

Friday, 13 June 2014

Jessica Jones will be running the 13.1 mile Cardiff half marathon on 5th October in aid of  The Countryside Alliance Foundation. Jessica is running in memory of her late brother, Hugh, who loved the countryside and preserving it. Our thanks to Jessica, we are all right behind you. Supporters can sponsor Jessica's efforts by donating through her Just Giving page here Thank you.

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Routes to Rural Employment - R2RE

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance tells us: The step by step journey from education to employment is one of the key moments in a young person’s life. It is a journey that for all too many rural Scots is broken by the lack of sustainable local employment opportunities. It is in the common interest and for the benefit of the Scottish public from all walks of life that we ensure our young people have the choices and chances to enable them to reach their full potential. Giving our young people the opportunity to channel their talent, enthusiasm and energy into sustainable and rewarding employment is critical to Scotland’s future economic success.

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TV farmer Adam Henson raises cash for Countryside Alliance outdoor education projects

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson was the guest of honour at an event at the Kent Showground on 21 November, which raised £6,000 for the Countryside Alliance Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
Michelle Nudds, regional director for The Countryside Alliance Foundation, said: “It was great to hear Adam talk about the work his Cotswold Farm Park does with outdoor learning for schools and colleges.
“We all agree that it is so important to get outdoor education into schools and colleges which then promotes the valuable learning opportunities the countryside can offer young people.”

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Peter Wilson gives clay shooting tips

Encouraging & inspiring the next generation

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Today I have the pleasure of judging our Young Countryside Writer competition, alongside Alastair Balmain of Shooting Times, Tracey Allen of Countrymans Weekly and Michael Clayton, author and former editor of Horse & Hound. I am looking forward to it immensely and have been impressed both by the number of entries we have received and the calibre (and passion) of our young correspondents. I look forward to reporting back on the outcome, but this seems an appropriate moment to update you on all we are doing to encourage and inspire the younger generation to love our countryside.

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Sign a petition to save rural education!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

From field to fork…Securing the future of food and farming. Are you aware that, as of 2015, Land Based BTECs will no longer count in school league tables? The knock on effect of this will be that schools like Brymore School in Somerset, which currently offers Land Based BTECs such as Agriculture and Horticulture, will be forced to drop them from the curriculum, as it will jeopardise their results. Brymore School has got in touch to tell us that they have created an online petition - the staff and pupils would appreciate your support. Sign the online petition  which asks David Cameron to "Keep Land Based subjects, such as Agriculture and Horticulture, in the 2015 school performance tables. It is vital that we continue to create a skilled workforce in the land based sector."

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Stepping up our educational work

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, writes:  Our campaign to see outdoor education included on the National Curriculum is gathering momentum, and I wanted to update you on our progress. Our dedicated campaigns team has been at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Birmingham this week, with a new outdoor education-focused stand.

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Demon conkers - Shooting Times editorial on outdoor education

Friday, 30 September 2011

Shooting Times magazine is backing The Countryside Alliance Foundation's outdoor education campaign. The magazine takes a common sense approach to encouraging youngsters into the countryside and are keen on helping increase youth participation in shooting sports. The magazine's editor, Alastair Balmain, has written an editorial in which he reveals the extent of the Health and Safety culture in primary schools.

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Broadcasting the rural message

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Alice Barnard writes: While for most of us every week is countryside week, I would draw your attention to National Countryside Week, an important initiative launched by HRH the Prince of Wales’ Countryside Fund. 

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Outdoor learning "should be a part of every child's education"

Thursday, 23 June 2011

We have welcomed the ‘Living Classrooms’ scheme from the RSPB and Field Studies Council and have again called for outdoor learning to be placed on the National Curriculum. You will recall that our own proposals were unanimously adopted by the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee on Outdoor Education in 2010.

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Country Life's common sense approach

Friday, 13 May 2011

You may have seen Country Life on 11th May, in which case you will have seen the magazine's list of 39 accomplishments it believes every youth should have in addition to traditional academic qualifications. It makes for fascinating reading and encompasses a range of practical, cultural and sporting endeavours. 

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