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Exempt - the national conference theme for 2017

Posted 39 weeks ago

An exciting day is planned in London. Places are limited, so book soon.

Exempt - the national conference theme for 2017

IOL National Conference soon

Posted 1 year ago

The IOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
What is Outdoor Learning For?
14th - 15th October 2016
at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Staffordshire

Presenters and leaders from all areas of the outdoor sector.

AIMS OF THE CONFERENCE
The conference will explore the role of outdoor learning in tackling global, local, inter-personal and intra-personal development needs. Reflecting our sector’s increasingly integrated approach to development there will be a chance to consider your practice in the light of age-related issues, health & wellbeing issues, economic & environmental sustainability and education beyond the school gate.

Keynote Speaker - Valerie Hannon on What is Outdoor Learning For?

Strategy, Research and Leadership Masterclasses

The findings and implications of the natural connections project report
Pedagogical models for outdoor activities
Urban community and outdoor centre partnership
Leave more trace
Think like an Olympian, improve resilience
Redefining and claiming the adventuring hero: women in the outdoors
The science of fire
Fun adventurous analysis
Diversification and product development: the potential for Field Studies
We believe in inclusion – but don’t want to dilute the adventure and learning for the other participants
How not to run a therapeutic programme (but provide outdoor therapy instead)

Outdoor Leadership Workshops

Increasing the impact with smart technology
Is being commercial a dirty word in the outdoors?
Surviving or thriving: Developing useful toughness through outdoor learning
Ideas to help practitioners deliver sessions that include people with disabilities
Personal development in the outdoors using Choice Theory methodology
Growth in action: Adventure sports and personal learning past the age of 65
Better Together: IOL Gender Parity Research Findings
Bushcraft physics
Strength and versatility of string
Natural navigation in maths
Tools of the Trade
A Rope is a Rope, Right?
Snap! Equipment breaking session on the Lyon portable test rig
Pedal Potential
The Role of Play in Outdoor Learning

FIND OUT MORE and download the full programme

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Full 2 days includes the IOL Dinner and en-suite B&B
1 and 2 day passes available
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Lake Syamozero

Posted 1 year ago

Could this be Russia’s Lyme bay...? The initial investigation blames the Government:

https://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/4013

Let’s hope it has a similar legacy.

Lake Syamozero

Towed Inflatables

Posted 1 year ago

There are a variety of towed inflatables such as 'banana boats', tubes and 'biscuits' etc that are generally towed at speed behind a power boat. In most cases the risk of falling off the inflatable is greater than for normal passengers in a power boat.

To view the document, click on the link below. It will either open in your browser, or in its own application depending on the document type and your computer configuration. If the document opens in your browser window and you would prefer to download a copy to disk, right-click on the link and select 'Save Target As...'.

http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/adventureactivitiesnetwork/v...

BananaBoat

School fined after swing collapsed injuring pupil

Posted 1 year ago
School fined after swing collapsed injuring pupil

Conference follow up

Posted 2 years ago

As promised at the conference, here is a link to the HSE web community for AALS (Adventure Activities Licensing Service) Obviously, schools are mostly exempt from licensing, but AALS is probably the benchmark for working out what best practice is in the outdoors, and we would encourage all our schools to aim toward the same standards as license holders.

Just search google for HSE web communities, then register for the Adventure Activities Network. If that doesn't work then try this link:

http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/adventureactivitiesnetwork/g...

As a registered user you will receive an email each time AALS has an update to share, so you should be kept up to date with developments in practice as well as near misses etc.

AALS

Tim Gill and David Ball at the 2015 conference

Posted 2 years ago

If you haven't had a chance to hear these speakers on the subjects of outdoor activities and risk management, then this years conference is a must for you:

Tim Gill www.rethinkingchildhood.com

David Ball www.davidjball.com

For more info and booking visit www.independentoutdoor.org.uk

no fear

Educational Visits: policy update, scenarios for EVCs and emergency contact training

Posted 2 years ago

There are still places available on the update and emergency planning course running at the RGS on Wednesday 10 June 2015. Booking details below:

http://www.rgs.org/NR/rdonlyres/5D59BEB4-024F-456E-A906-842DDF483BD3/0/E...

This is being run by Andrew Dimberline from Bristol Grammar School

Educational Visits: policy update, scenarios for EVCs and emergency contact training

Only four places left at the Mock Trial

Posted 3 years ago

If you want a place you will need to be quick. More details here, or click the conference tab at the top of the page:

http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/conference-2014-0

12 angry men

The mock trial is on!

Posted 3 years ago

Here at IO we are pretty excited to have teamed up with Marsh Insurance and DWF legal to stage a mock trial at Malvern College. More details here, or click the conference tab at the top of the page:

http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/conference-2014-0

mock trial

A mock trial at our annual conference?

Posted 3 years ago

Been chatting to Stuart Brumhill at Marsh insurance about the possibility of including a mock trial at the November conference.
Mock trials are, perhaps surprisingly, a great way to highlight the sort of approach outdoor practitioners should have to their operating policies and written risk assessment documentation. Robust good practice in this area can make us confident about defending ourselves if ever an accusation of malpractice was brought against us.
Have a look at this link to a similar event run by Perkins Slade last year:

http://www.perkins-slade.com/insurance-blog/2014/03/05/mock-liability-tr...

mock trial

Springwatch weigh in on the ruined childhood debate

Posted 3 years ago

Chris Packham says children need to be outdoors and into mischief in the countryside far more than they are currently:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10841515/Let-children-tres...

Springwatch weigh in on the ruined childhood debate

EVC training and updates available at RGS

Posted 3 years ago

Andrew Dimberline from Bristol Grammar has let us know about these courses he is running during 2014:

http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Fieldwork+and+Expeditions/GO+seminars+and+wor...

evc forum

Bristol Grammar School seek new Director of Outdoor Education

Posted 4 years ago

...all details are in the document, applications close in January. Just search IndependentOutdoor forum on facebook to find all the details

Bristol Grammar School seek new Director of Outdoor Education

Great success at Plas y Brenin

Posted 4 years ago

....the sun shone on Sunday, in some places, and it was relatively warm.... warm enough for a hill walking group on Cnicht, some climbs on the Milestone, and a mountain bike trip to the Marin trail at Betws.
Monday was mainly indoors, and we enjoyed excellent presentations from Helen and Martin, and workshops from Nia, John, Paul and Geoff. The venue was comfortable and the food was good - watch out for details of next years conference.

You can view pictures by clicking on the links below (although you will need to be a facebook user and join the IO facebook forum), conference paperwork to follow by email:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153489886760500&set=pcb.387861...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151806191378181&set=pcb.387479...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151805968038181&set=pcb.387428...

Great success at Plas y Brenin
Great success at Plas y Brenin

Conference full

Posted 4 years ago

Next Mondays conference, plus the weekend of activities beforehand, has sold out. See you all there next weekend!

Conference full

Rewild the child

Posted 4 years ago

George Monbiot, who writes for the Guardian, has written a great response to recent attacks on the 'feral' children of the UK:

http://www.monbiot.com/2013/10/07/rewild-the-child/

George Monbiot wilding children

IO article in Conference and Common Room Magazine

Posted 4 years ago

First of a series of articles in C&CR magazine from IO.
Read it online here in the ezine ( P30/31):
http://www.johncatt.com/downloads/pdf/magazines/ccr/ccr50_3/

IO article in Conference and Common Room Magazine

Faulty rope leads to amputation at Carrotty Wood centre

Posted 4 years ago

Follow this link to the full story from HSE:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/rnn-se-15913.htm

Faulty rope leads to amputation at Carrotty Wood centre

Pakistan: Tourists dead in base camp gun attack

Posted 4 years ago

Gunmen have stormed a hotel in Pakistan's remote northern Gilgit-Baltistan province, killing nine tourists and their guide.

It is not clear who carried out the attack, in which those killed are thought to include five Ukrainians, three Chinese and one Lithuanian.

The BBC's Orla Guerin, in Islamabad, said the attack happened near the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest peak in the world, on the borders of China and Kashmir

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23018986

nanga parbat

Serious accident on High Ropes Course

Posted 4 years ago

AALS Infolog 2008
Issue
A serious accident occurred on a cow’s tail high ropes course. On reaching the end of the course participants were transferred from the cow’s tails to a ‘bottom rope’ belay system to protect them on a trapeze jump and, finally, lower them to the ground. An instructor was stationed on the final platform, to connect the bottom rope to the back of a full body harness. On this occasion the instructor failed to connect the rope and the participant jumped to the trapeze, let go, and fell to the ground sustaining serious injuries. The instructor was a very experienced senior member of staff who had operated the high ropes course over many years.
Outcome
Issues to be aware of are that:
Instructors, no matter how competent and experienced, are not infallible.
Routine and repetitive tasks are particularly likely to lead to human error. In adventure activities in the natural environment there will frequently be situations where safety is totally reliant on the instructor. However, we increasingly work in artificial environments performing routine and repetitive sequences of actions. These are particularly susceptible to human error.
When dealing with routine and repetitive tasks, steps need to be taken, as far as is possible, to create operating systems which do not rely solely on an individual carrying out a sequence of events repetitively and perfectly on each and every occasion. Forexample connecting a safety rope in such a way that, at least, two people are involved - one to carry out the connection and one to check it.
Avoid situations where participants give all responsibility to the instructors. Making participants responsible for their own safety (checked and supported by an instructor) does give at least two pairs of eyes to each task. In this situation, for example, onus could be put onto the belayers at the bottom to visually/verbally "check" that the jumper is secure before they accept responsibility to safely lower them to the ground. In other situations one participant may DO what is required, a second participant may CHECK it is done correctly, whilst the instructor observes that all is well. This helps to bring into play the old principal that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.

high ropes

AALS near miss reporting: Church Beck, Cumbria, 2013

Posted 4 years ago

Info Log – February 2013 Church Beck gorge, Lake District: an update
The issue
A group were caught by a sudden unexpected flood pulse in Church Beck in August 2012. They had to escape onto the island at the old dam. After a short time levels dropped and the group could safely get off the island.
The outcomes
On investigation it turned out that United Utilities (UU) were doing a test release from Levers Water. They do this twice a year (February & August) and have been doing so for 20 years. Fortunately the August 2012 release was only half the usual volume.
Roger Ward representing the Church Beck Users Group has met with a representative from UU. The UU rep. was unaware of groups using the ghyll at all! (She is new in the post which includes the overseeing of Levers Water.) She said they needed to test the release valves so that if there was a problem with the Levers Water dam the lake could be lowered rapidly.
United Utilities say they will put up warning signs at access points, and email members of the Church Beck users group before scheduled releases. They also say they will ring users if they need to do an emergency release and station UU staff at access points.
All Church Beck users should send Roger Ward their phone numbers and email addresses and he will pass these onto United Utilities.
Roger Ward can be contacted on 01229 885456 and waterpark@ericwright.co.uk

church beck

Conference and Common Room Magazine advertise national IO conference

Posted 4 years ago

The advert appears in the May edition, in paper and online, and in Sept they are planning to publish an article from IO on changes to the regulation of outdoor activities, and how that may affect independent schools

conference advert

May workshops

Posted 4 years ago

Ian, Chris, Dave, Midge, Rory, and Darren braved the rain and unseasonal cold to complete an exped+ and a climb+ workshop on Friday 10th May. The prize for commitment goes to Darren, who had his car broken into the night before, but still made it to the event in a borrowed vehicle.
Some pictures here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152807649390500&set=o.27977749...

... but you might have to join the facebook forum in order to view them

Ian Killey

Terra Nova event

Posted 4 years ago

Dear Customer,
Please come and join us on Wednesday 19th or Thursday 20th June 2013 and be amongst the first to view our FULL RANGE of Spring Summer ‘14, Terra Nova & Wild Country tents; pitched in rural surroundings within a friendly environment with plenty of food and beverages to keep you refreshed. Our latest collection of sleeping bags, packs and accessories will also be available.
Visits can also be arranged to view our warehouse and see the production facility in full flow, as well as meet the team who service your orders.
Our development team will also be on hand so you can tap into the brains of the people who were behind designing some of the world’s best outdoor gear and the lightest tents available.
There is also an opportunity to learn about how our gear is being used on trips and adventures.
We will be joined by Nigel Vardy – the first Britain to climb the 7 highest peaks on the 7 largest islands (7x7 challenge). Nigel’s stories are not only interesting and stimulating but highly entertaining and absorbing.
We look forward to you joining us and appreciate you visiting so you will be welcomed with a bacon butty and a smile.
Our lunchtime barbeque uses only the finest locally sourced meat (vegetarians are catered for too). For those wishing to continue socialising, the beer gets opened on the Wednesday evening and you are welcome to join us. Camping facilities are of course available for those who would like to stay. Just bring a sleeping bag and you can choose your tent, or alternatively indoor accommodation can be arranged locally.
Venue: The Nook, Handley Lane, Handley Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 9AT
Dates: Wednesday 19th June and Thursday 20th June 2013 Time: 10.30 – 4.00pm
If you would like to attend please RSVP to the email address below, with IndependentOutdoor in the subject box (along with your own details!)

lauras@terra-nova.co.uk

terra nova

UK Search and Rescue privatisation - results next month

Posted 4 years ago

James Thacker has constructed an interesting blog on this topic - read it here:
http://blog.jamesthacker.co.uk/2013/03/uk-search-and-rescue-privatisatio...
James recently qualified as a guide, and has worked with the Mountain Rescue teams in the Peak for the last 15 years.

UK Search and Rescue privatisation - results next month

2013 conference to be held at Plas y Brenin

Posted 4 years ago

Thanks to the suggestion of a previous conference delegate, Plas y Brenin have been in touch and offered to host our next conference on Mon 18th Nov.
There are a number of advantages to using a national centre:
* the expertise of their staff which will be at our disposal
* the opportunity to combine the conference with a day out in N Wales on the Sunday (with subsidised overnight accommodation available to our delegates)
*the opportunity to combine the conference with a two day CPD training opportunity on the Saturday/Sunday before, with a 10% discount on the normal price for our conference delegates

See:
http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/conference-2013
for the day conference only at £155
or
http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/conference-inc-accommodation
for the day conference with accommodation on the Sunday night beforehand, plus links to the various PyB courses running that weekend

plas y brenin to host IO conference

Banana boating fatality - corporate manslaughter charges brought

Posted 4 years ago

Marcus Baillie has been in touch with some interesting background on this case. He writes:
'This case has recently been to court. It relates to a fatal accident in 2010 when a young girl fell off the back of a ‘banana boat’ ride and was run over by the power boat which was towing it during a ‘tight 360 degree’ turn.

At the time of the accident no organisation issued good practice guidance for these sorts of rides or national training/assessment courses. Since the accident we have only been partially successful in getting guidance agreed, including the roles and requirements for a spotter, and the danger of ‘tight 360 degree’ turns.

Of wider interest, the watersports centre employed a firm of Health and Safety consultants but following the accident, in a Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report, investigators also heavily criticised the club over the implementation of its safety management system, which they described as “flawed at every level”. It also revealed that the consultancy company “had no prior experience of assisting water-ski parks and had no record of taking specialist advice on the subject before, or during the contract”. However, the watersports centre (and one of its directors), and not the consultancy company, is now being prosecuted under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (an employer’s responsibility to safeguard, in this case, paying customers) and corporate manslaughter.

See
http://www.shponline.co.uk/news-content/full/banana-boat-tragedy-highlig...

Sobering!'

Marcus

Marcus Bailie
Head of Inspection
Adventure Activities Licensing Service

Tel: 029 2075 5715
E-mail: mbailie@aals.org.uk

banana boating

Winter climb+ course a success for Loretto School

Posted 4 years ago

David Howie from Loretto is helping to lead an expedition to E Greenland this summer, and wanted some climbing training, with a ropework refresher for mountaineering ground (around Scottish grade 1 or 2).
Dave Barker, who works as an MIC for Abbotsholme School, provided the training. First day on the Mess of Pottage in Coire an t'Sneachda, in challenging weather, then a better day in Coire an Lochain, looking at how to manage students on moderate terrain with consequences.

There are a few photos with the blog post, and a short video here:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152545070980500&set=vb.23716334300...

David Howie leading on the Mess of Pottage
Winter climb+ course a success for Loretto School
Dave Barker of Abbotsholme School
Winter climb+ course a success for Loretto School

Emma at Leicester High School for Girls

Posted 4 years ago

.....a blog from Emma Martin
'I've run DofE at my school for nearly 10 years, been involved for over 15 and am in the middle of trying to get my ML summer. If you know of any schools that are wanting to expand their DofE or introduce DofE would you be able to let me know, as I'm really keen to try and increase my work in this area. I can give you more info if you need it.
Many thanks,
Emma

EM@leicesterhigh.co.uk

Emma at Leicester High School for Girls

Dulwich Conference photos

Posted 5 years ago

... a more full report will follow soon hosted on our own site, but in the meantime follow this link to FaceTube to see a few highlights:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=465478843504349&set=a.46547875350...

bushcraft

New minibus licensing regime arrives Jan 2013

Posted 5 years ago

As mentioned at the national conference at Dulwich College on Monday, the date for new driving licences rules is 19 January 2013.
Eric Cittanova, Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Manchester Grammar School, has provided up to date information, plus links to the various government sites which explain the changes:

'New licencing arrangements will only affect drivers who took a test to gain PCV, PSV or D1 entitlement.
Non-D1 minibus drivers and pre 1997 D1 minibus drivers who got their D1 entitlement without sitting a test, are not expected to have their licence replaced and therefore will not need to renew them every 5 years and will not need a medical.
However, if you took a test, and you drive a lorry or bus, your licence will now only be valid for a maximum of five years, up to age 65. If you are under age 45 and have a full licence to drive a lorry or bus, you will come under the new validity rules on or after 19 January 2013. This means your new licence will be valid for five years.
On or after 19 January 2013 or the next time you update or renew your driving licence you will need to comply with the current medical standards in the following way:
if you are still under age 45 at the end of each five-year period, you will have to sign a declaration to confirm you still meet the medical standards for driving these vehicles
if you are over age 45 at the end of each five-year period, you will be renewing your driving entitlement and will need to provide a medical examination report (DLM1)'

Licences & Minibus links:
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/motoring/drive...
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/motoring/drive...
https://www.gov.uk/old-driving-licence-categories
http://www.licencebureau.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/INF245_260312-New.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-renewal-after-45-lorry-minibus-bus

licensing regime changes

A few spaces left on the annual conference

Posted 5 years ago

...only two weeks to go, with delegate numbers having climbed rapidly this week via the online booking system.
This may be thanks partly to HMCPD, who have listed the conference on their website:

http://www.hmc.org.uk/hmcpd-news/independent-outdoor-annual-conference/

We can accept a few late bookings up to next Friday 26th Oct (provided the caterers are understanding!), but after that we will have to close the system. So, you are not too late, but there is no time to lose!

A few spaces left on the annual conference

..countdown starts to the national conference

Posted 5 years ago

Reasons to be there:
*network with colleagues, old and new, involved in the same type of work with young people in the outdoors
*get updates on the latest developments, from Dave Falconbridge, Chair of OEAP, and Marcus Baillie, Head of Inspection, AALS
*practical workshops on cycling, first aid, kit care, expedition ropework and bushcraft
*less practical workshops on the new government guidance on outdoor activities in schools
*amazing hot buffet lunch, in this superb and historic setting, with the chance to view the James Caird, which is housed at Dulwich College, courtesy of their old boy Ernest Shackleton

***To view the details, book a place or read our blogs documenting the last year of changes to regulation, explore the rest of our site***

finding your way in a confusing world

Plans to abolish AALA in England delayed

Posted 5 years ago

With Scotland following Wales in opting to keep the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority, the Health and Safety Executive have announced a delay in plans to abolish it in England.
HSE wrote to providers licensed under AALA last week announcing their decision to delay “ while we consider further how we develop a regulatory regime that reflects the level of risk of taking part in adventure activities while ensuring that users are reassured about a provider’s safety management arrangements.”
AALA was due to be abolished and replaced by a voluntary system following the UK government report Common Sense, Common Safety. Scotland’s announcement last week that it was opting to keep AALA made abolishing it in England almost untenable, leading to these developments.
John Cousins, chief executive of Mountain Training UK, said he was “concerned that after an extensive round of consultation and intensive dialogue last year with HSE they appear to have failed to come up with a deliverable outcome and that further discussion could leave the sector just as muddled.”
Cousins added MTUK was “pleased we are not facing the nonsense of a mountaineering instructor in England being unable to climb with young people in Scotland or Wales.” Northern Ireland has already chosen the Adventuremark accreditation scheme.
A spokeswoman for HSE said that no timetable for the new round of consultations had been set, or an anticipated finish date for a theoretical new system or an improved version of the current one.
“From the outset HSE said this was all about increasing participation and this is what we want to see,” Cousins said. “Confusion can only lead to the opposite.”

aala

Welsh and Scottish governments to retain licensing?

Posted 5 years ago

Four months ago, we reported that the Scottish government had joined the fray with regard to safety management in the outdoors, giving details of their consultation process, which can be found here:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/04112146/0
It now looks increasingly likely that Scotland will retain licensing. This may be of particular interest/concern for independent schools in Scotland. The news follows hot on the heels of confirmation that licensing is set to continue in Wales. This has implications for centres in England, which may end up operating under an accreditation scheme considered second rate to that available in other parts of the UK.

Scotland

new guidance website from the OEAP

Posted 5 years ago

Dave Faulconbridge, Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel, has just sent us details of their new National Guidance website. The site provides up to date guidance for all areas of outdoor education, and has sections aimed at visit leaders and their helpers, parents, employers, EVC's, Heads and governors. The promise is that this site will be updated throughout the transition to the new Code of Practice, so things may change on the site (for example, if the identified role of EVC does disappear)
It looks very comprehensive, and could become a first port of call for answering questions about best practice in the outdoors

The site is now listed on our links page, and here:
http://oeapng.info/

oeap

Climb+ course in the Peak

Posted 5 years ago

Our most recent course had just two delegates - so Jade and Adam got some very individual tuition. We covered all the usual rigging for single pitch climbing stuff, with various emergency scenarios to work through, on day one, then concentrated more on personal climbing skills for SPA level climbing on day two. As the first real rain reached us toward the end of day two, we started 'escaping the system', with anchors in reach and out of reach - good times!

Jade working toward her SPA
Adam enjoying some ropework at Yarncliffe
Steve Gorman offering some pithy tips on gear placement

BSES exonerated by Norwegian authorities over polar bear death on Svalbard expedition

Posted 5 years ago

Back in August 2011, the British Schools Expedition Society suffered a horrific polar bear attack on their base camp on Svalbard in Arctic Norway. A tripwire early warning system round the tents did not go off, and a rifle failed to discharge. Pupils and leaders were injured, and sadly, Horatio Chapple, a 17 year old Eton pupil, was killed by the bear.
Read the latest on the investigation into the tragedy here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/9118159/Schoolbo...

polar bear attack on Eton pupil

In case you got bored reading about the Scottish Government

Posted 5 years ago
worlds largest rope swing

Scottish government may do their own thing regarding abolition of licensing

Posted 5 years ago

The Scottish government have joined the fray with regard to safety management in the outdoors - details of their consultation can be found here:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/01/04112146/0
This may be of particular interest/concern for independent schools in Scotland.

Scotland

EVEREST FILM MAKING TALK FOR OAKHAM SCHOOL

Posted 5 years ago

Matt Dickenson came to Oakham School to speak about Everest and his exploration film making career. His background (after leaving Gresham's school) has been as a specialist film maker working for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel and the BBC. Among the highlights of his career have been some quite thrilling experiences on Everest (which he was fortunate enough to summit) and other peaks. He has frequently lectured about these experiences at schools and colleges around the country and will be presenting at around 45 schools later this year.

The reason for the tour is to publicise a new book series coming out entitled Mortal Chaos. It is written for teenage/young adult readers and has been commissioned by Oxford University Press. It has had many glowing reviews including one from my son Thomas (14) who thought it was brilliant and he is eagerly looking forward to getting hold of the next in the series.

The presentation was highly visual with slides and video and lasted for about an hour with time for questions afterwards. Previous audiences have included The Royal Geographical Society and Harrow School.

There was a genuine educational value to the talk (geography/human science/environment) but the emphasis is on encouraging young people to find ambitious targets of their own which it did. The pupils and parents who braved the snow to attend found it fascinating.

If you would like to find out more about Matt then his website is www.mattdickinson.es There is more information about the new book series at www.mortalchaos.es

If you would like to talk to Matt about him presenting at your school please do email dickinson_matt@hotmail.com

Steve Gorman

Matt Dickenson lecture

Climb+ (Winter) CPD

Posted 5 years ago

Simon Young of Cranleigh School booked onto the February Climb + (winter) CPD back in Dec 2011. As the staff member helping to lead the 2012 school summer expedition to Stok Kangri 6153m in Ladakh, Simon was keen to get some snow and ice experience. We teamed him up with Dave Barker MIC, who works part time for Abbotsholme School on their outdoor programme, and the rest of the time freelance via his own company:

http://www.climbingcalls.co.uk/

Dave and Simon had two days, and were keen to build the training around some interesting climbs. So on the first day they headed away from the Cairngorms, to the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn, a classic Scottish winter ridge:

http://scottishwinterroutes.com/chaorainn.htm

On the second day they headed into Coire an t'Sneachda in the Cairngorms, and climbed Hidden Chimney on the Mess of Pottage, a grade 3 snow and mixed route on the left side of the Coire.
The pair looked at movement skills for mountaineering terrain, navigation(in difficult conditions), and security on steep ground for a climbing pair and a larger party. All this should help with the forthcoming expedition, and we wish Simon and the party from Cranleigh all the best for the trip.

Climb+ (Winter) CPD

UK Outdoor Centres under threat

Posted 5 years ago

A petition has recently been launched by leading outdoor education organisations, calling for the Government to protect outdoor education centres from imminent closure.

As public sector cuts begin to bite, one in three Local Authority centres are thought to be threatened. Their closure would deny millions of children the potentially life-changing outdoor experiences that generations have enjoyed, but in many cases these closures could be avoided, say campaign organisers.

Leading education organisations including the Field Studies Council, Association for Heads of Outdoor Education Centres, English Outdoor Council, Institute for Outdoor Learning and National Association of Field Studies Officers have launched the campaign and are seeking signatures on their petition, which will be used to lobby the Government - follow this link for the petition, and more information:

http://www.ukhillwalking.com/news/item.php?id=66527

UK Outdoor Centres under threat

HMC day conference - 'The Wider Curriculum – Sharing Best Practice’ Thursday 6th October 2011

Posted 5 years ago

Slides and notes re the HMC Conference at Trent College can be found here:
http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/node/322/edit?destination=admin%2Fc...

Up a small hill in Peru!

One space left on Climb+ (Winter) CPD in Cairngorms

Posted 5 years ago

Just one space left, Weds eve to Friday, 8 - 10 Feb 2012, based in luxurious hotel accommodation in Aviemore - for more info:

http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/courses/climb-winter-cpd

Crowberry Gully, Buachaille Etive Mor

Lochaber with Abbotsholme School

Posted 5 years ago

2nd Jan 2012 Ben Nevis, Douglas Boulder SW ridge, III, lots of fresh powder snow, snow showers and spindrift all day, high winds kept us low on the mountain (850m). Conditions on the summit plateau must have been very bad. Ice and mixed routes are holding their own high in Coire na Ciste. Freezing level was around 600m all day.
Photo of descent courtesy of Will Tranter

SW Ridge Douglas Boulder Jan 2 2012

2012 dates for Winter CPD now set

Posted 6 years ago

Weds eve to Friday, 8 - 10 Feb 2012, based in luxurious hotel accommodation in Aviemore - for more info:

http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/courses/climb-winter-cpd

winter CPD aviemore 2012

MLTA seeking out past members

Posted 6 years ago

In early 2012, Mountain Leader Training will be launching a new website and online Candidate Management System. This sytem is a huge investment into the management of all our candidate details, and will bring all of your contact details, awards, CPD and membership details into one easy to use location.

In order to contact as many of our candidates and members when we launch we need to check we have a valid email address for you. We are therefore asking if you could please complete and submit this short form http://bdb.im/6p so we can update these account details.

Please help us circulate this message to everyone in the Mountain Leader Community by sharing this message in as many places as you can, Forums, Websites, Email, Facebook, Twitter and of course word of mouth.

MLTA

Dec 2011 - draft no 4 of the new Code of Practice issued for comment

Posted 6 years ago

The deadline for comments, which are welcomed from any sector of the outdoor industry, is 14th Dec. Send your comments in an email, with details of your school and/or outdoor role, to richard.broughton@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Read the draft code here:

http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/code-practice-latest-update-dec-2011

Check here for the latest draft

Code of practice consultation continues

Posted 6 years ago

...just had an email from Dr Richard Broughton, based in Liverpool and a key worker for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He is director of the consultation process for the new code of practice for the outdoor industry. He says:
"Post-consultation, we have established a cross sector working group to
assist in the development of the new Code of Practice - its shape, scope
and content. The group has met three times and we have made steady
progress. As well as helping to shape the code's content etc, the group
has also considered matters around reassurance to users of good
standards among providers, and with respect to providers how they can be
assured to some extent of their future compliance with statutory health
and safety duties.

We are meeting again in a little under 3 weeks and have one final
meeting planned for January. The intention is for the code to be
finalised around this time as well as clear statements on the others
matters I note, namely reassurance and compliance. I have noted your
e-mail, and will ensure that once arrangements are in hand for wider
circulation etc you are made fully aware"

Keep checking this blog to get details of the Code as soon as it goes public

Code of practice consultation continues

the coalition for abolition

Posted 6 years ago

As you may know, the government are working on a new code of practice for outdoor activities in England, due for publication in December 2011

See a copy of our article published in the HMC newsletter in September, 'The coalition for abolition, by following this link
http://www.independentoutdoor.org.uk/coalition-abolition

the coalition for abolition

Staff training for the IO team

Posted 6 years ago

...last weekend the team gathered at the Manchester Grammar centre at South Stainmore between the Lakes and the Dales. Open boating on the Eden and Lune, plus a meeting to discuss the new website, the programme of CPD on offer for 2012 and beyond, and the national conference on November 5th 2012.

Rory Sellar on the Eden
Paul Savile
Steve Gorman on the Lune
..the grade 3/4 slot on the Lune claims another victim

..new website soon live ...

Posted 6 years ago

After a lot of work, vicious wrestling with the Paypal system to get an account off the ground, and much angst over logos and layout, the new IndependentOutdoor website should go live later this month. Hopefully it will become a forum for sharing news and good practice, and an easy way to book and track CPD events.

IO website goes live

Our new blog

Posted 6 years ago

To keep you up to date with the latest news at Independent Outdoor we have launched our blog, with links to Facebook and Twitter.

Independent Outdoor blog
Our new blog