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Inclusion & Participation

This web page provides information and links regarding Doorway 6 of the Sustainable Schools framework (Inclusion & Participation).

Index of information on this page



National Framework for Sustainable Schools Recommendation ~ Inclusion & Participation

By 2020 we recommend that all schools are models of social inclusion, enabling all pupils to participate fully in school life while instilling a long-lasting respect for human rights, freedoms cultures and creative expression.

Learning outside the classroom in one of Northumberland’s Environmental Centres can provide the stimulus for a lifetime of environmental action.



SEE the Future ~ Sustain Environment Educate (15 March 2011)

This is an environmental and sustainable education service for schools and community groups.  The service aims to provide a range of activities for schools:




Becoming a member of Eco-Schools can provide opportunities for developing understanding of the environment and how to work as a team.



Ofsted Recommendation

As part of their December 2009 guidance – Education for Sustainable Development - Improving Schools Improving Lives, Ofsted made the following recommendation ~ to ensure that all pupils have access to out-of-classroom learning to support their understanding of the need to care for their environment and to promote their physical and mental well-being.



Access to Open Land

In May 2005, large areas of Northumberland's uplands together with areas of registered common land were designated as aWalkingccess land.  The public have a free right of access on foot over this land and are not required to remain on public rights of way.

The right of access includes the right to take dogs onto the land but between the 1 March and the 31 July, and at any time in the vicinity of livestock, dogs should be kept on a lead.  Also the right to take a dog onto grouse moors can be restricted throughout the year. When entering access land you should take note of any signs giving information about restrictions that may apply.

Up to date information about access land, where you can go and what you can do is available on the Countryside Access website. 

Access land across the County is also clearly mapped on all the new Ordnance Survey Explorer Series maps, which were revised in time for the commencement of this new right.



Northumberland Countryside Service Web Pages

Please click on this link to view further information regarding Northumberland County Council's countryside educational opportunities and list of local nature reserves.




Outdoor Education Venues in the Locality

Have we missed anywhere you would recommend?  If you know a good venue which you could recommend to others, please contact Margaret Herdman on and she will add it to the site.



Country Parks

Your Place in the Country

Parks and green spaces give everyone the chance to get outdoors, to get actChillinghamive to reconnect with nature, and to explore the beauties of the changing seasons.

They are a place where children can play safely, and where we can all enjoy time out in relaxing natural surroundings, leaving the stress and bustle of urban life behind.

Our country parks were set up nearly thirty years ago, to help people enjoy the countryside. Today, they’re used by well over a million people per year, from local residents and school groups to overseas tourists. Come and visit us today!

Nottinghamshire County Council manages four large country parks, each with its own unique character


Please click on the links below to view further information regarding the Country Parks in Northumberland.

Plessey Woods Country Park

Bolam Lake Country Park

Tyne Riverside Country Park

Druridge Bay Country Park



Other Venues to Consider for Activities

Please click on the links below to view other venues in Northumberland to consider for activities. 

Northumberland Tourist Board

National Trust – North East and Yorkshire

English Heritage – North East England

Northumberland Coast

Whitehouse Farm Centre 




Local Outdoor Education Centres (Day & Residential)

Local Day Venues

Holy Island First School – Discovery Centre
Available to hire as ‘touch dCramlington JLV - Biomeown space’ on a day trip to Holy Island.

Alnwick Gardens
Available for independent visits and organised activities.

Kielder Water

Coquet Shorebase Trust

Available for community based water sports centre located in Amble.


Local Residential Centres

Ford Castle
School trip prices start from £120 per head, fully catered Monday to Friday, staying in the Clock Tower Annex.

Calvert Trust
Calvert Trust specialises in providing outdoor adventure residential courses for schools and welcomes students of all abilities from specialist and mainstream schools and colleges.

This private organisation provides residential outdoor courses. Located at Dukeshouse Wood, Fellside, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1TP.

Situated in Allendale near Hexham, Deneholme is a beautifully restored Edwardian Country Mansion, offering accommodation for up to 36 people and a wide range of outdoor activities and team building challenges. Day trips, short residentials or weeklong stays.  Please get in touch to obtain a quote or further information (01434 618 579). 


Walking - Northumberland Coast



Useful Website Links

This section provides useful links relating to the Inclusion & Participation doorway (please click on the links below).

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Local Case Studies

This section provides information regarding projects at Northumberland schools relating to the Inclusion & Participation doorway.  Please click on the links below for further information.