Teacher training in Risk-benefit assessment for Outdoor learning

The Thames Venturer at Kingston

Thames Venturer regularly welcomes pre-service and in-service teachers for half-day workshops on Outdoor Learning. You’ll learn the skills to balance benefits and risks of Outdoor Learning when creating a multi-disciplinary and engaging curriculum for your pupils. Learn the technicalities of risk assessment and the magic of the Outdoors for learning.

Fieldwork is an entitlement for students of geography, and research has shown how much benefit children get from trips and Learning Outside the Classroom. At the River Thames Boat Project we specialize in creating the magic for children, but we need to risk-assess every aspect, so we see huge value in training teachers to do likewise, and indeed 100% of our recent teacher trainees have pronounced our training ‘good’ or ‘very good’ and that they’d recommend it to other teachers.

When students come on board, they’ll be shown how to think about different kinds of risks and how to quantify them . They’ll learn the models and theories, including how to quantify the benefits of Outdoor learning and how to make informed assessments of what activities are worth the risk to achieve the learning. There is also some discussion of the magic and the fun of learning in different environments.

Learners at Teddington Lock

They then apply their new risk-benefit learning to the environment of the Thames Venturer and her moorings at Teddington Lock, Kingston or at Hermitage Community Moorings. By the end of the session they’ll feel empowered to lead school trips with confidence, know how to explain risks to children as well as to school managers and parents, and know how to juice the greatest benefits out of the experiences for children.

If you are a teacher trainer and you’d like to bring your students for a half-day workshop on board Thames Venturer, either at Teddington or Kingston riverside, contact us to discuss details, or download a booking form here

For any education enquiries, or to book, please contact Zaria  on 020 8940 3509 or on zaria@thamesboatproject.org

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