Environmental Education & Field Study Centre


Education is not the filling of the pail but the lighting of a fire!

Through our INSET courses, is committed to inspiring teachers about their outdoor classrooms, the natural world, sustainable development and their school environment.
Like you, as creative teachers we believe in bringing passion, energy and creativity to all we offer.We have a range of courses to support you in teaching the new curriculum creatively, confidently and time effectively.

We work with leading primary practitioners across the country and Europe and our ever growing client base includes: Individual staff teams, the Institute of Education – London University, SCITT, The Geographical Association, Worcester University, The Royal Geographical Society, Oviedo University-Spain, IAPS, AQA, Teach First and Sangam – India and are an approved provider for the Global Learning Programme – Wales

Gyles, thank you so much for the work you did with us last week. Everyone was really inspired and encouraged by what you said and did with us. I have had several excited emails this week from teachers who have taken their teaching outside and who have said that the children have enjoyed and really learnt in an exciting way.

Helen Smith Montacute Primary School

Naturesbase is pleased to be an approved trainer for the Global Learning Programme-Wales. This funded programme is already supporting 500 schools across the country and making a real difference in the teaching, learning and experience of Global Citizenship. Register your school on the GLP-W website to access hundreds of resources and to find out how you can join your local network to share effective practice and access quality training on your doorstep.

Here are a few examples of our courses on offer at Naturesbase  and various conference venues and at your school.
1. Outdoor Learning Conference
Using the school grounds to deliver challenging learning and teaching across the curriculum: Foundation Phase – Year 6
April 17th Northamptonshire & Bedfordshire,18th, Warwickshire,19th, Worcestershire and Shropshire 2018

These days will be a very practical and interactive day which will meet the needs of educators new to outdoor learning as well as those with more experience. As part of the course all delegates will receive a range of FREE outdoor learning and teaching activities to use in the context of their own schools. These are all linked to National Curriculum subject content as well as SMSC and will also serve as models which colleagues can use to plan and resource their own outdoor learning enquiries. Most of the day will be outdoors so please dress appropriately.

Key Objectives: all colleagues will leave:
• Having gained practical experience of high quality outdoor learning and teaching at different stages;
• Understanding the key principles of designing and resourcing challenging and progressive outdoor learning in subjects across the curriculum and to support SMSC;
• With increased confidence, resources and inspiration to design and resource their own programmes of outdoor learning.

Autumn Conferences 2017 Out of 63  teachers 91 % said the training achieved the objectives and 93% said it was a very effective training day

Such a good day. So many ideas and thoughts to take back to school

Very enjoyable and inspiring day.

Excellent activities with clear expectations / differentiation. well presented. Thank you

Autumn Conferences 2016 Out of 140 teachers, 90% said the day was very well presented and very relevant to school improvement, and 100% said it was well presented and relevant.

Loved the ‘hands on’ approach with this training. Loved the big question approach – I think we complicate our teaching by fitting far too much into a term
Excellent course – great tutors and great knowledge
Brilliant, engaging, ideas can be taken directly into class and don’t require much money time or resources
Excellent hands on approach with a very clear focus on outcome based learning. This is exactly what our school needs.
“An outstanding day of engaging cross curricular ideas and resources which I can use outside with my class tomorrow. It ticked all the boxes.”
“The best and most engaging INSET I have been on, thank you.”

2. Other Courses on Offer
Ensuring Outstanding Creative Environmental Play in your Nursery or Early Years Setting. This course is for all those involved with Nursery and Early Years Education and responsible for the development of the Foundation Stage Curriculum
Practical and creative geography focus day KS1 & 2
Creative fieldwork and physical geography opportunities in your school KS 1, 2 & 3
KS3 Enquiry fieldwork
Creating a sustainable school KS 1,2,3,4
If you are interested in organising an unforgettable day or week of adventure and stimulation for your class or a training day for the staff at your school, we are a small flexible team who would value designing a day to meet your needs, so please do not hesitate to contact us.