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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
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.
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 access land. The public have a free right of access on
foot over this land and are not required to remain on public rights
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
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 Margaret.Herdman@Northumberland.gov.uk
and she will add it to the site.
Your Place in the Country
Parks and green spaces give everyone the
chance to get outdoors, to get active 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
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
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
Woods Country Park
Lake Country Park
Riverside Country Park
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.
National Trust – North East and Yorkshire
Heritage – North East England
Local Outdoor Education Centres (Day & Residential)
Local Day Venues
Holy Island First School – Discovery Centre
Available to hire as ‘touch down space’ on a day trip to Holy Island.
Available for independent visits and organised activities.
Coquet Shorebase Trust
Available for community based water sports
centre located in Amble.
Local Residential Centres
School trip prices start from £120 per head, fully catered Monday
to Friday, staying in the Clock Tower Annex.
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
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
Useful Website Links
This section provides useful links relating to
the Inclusion & Participation doorway (please click on the
(links to follow shortly)
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