Learning outside the classroom
The Ernest Cook Trust places education at its heart by offering children and young people a range of opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
The Trust’s broad and varied outdoor education programme, led by qualified Education Officers from the Outdoor Learning Centres on its estates in Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Dorset and Buckinghamshire, gives teachers a wonderful opportunity to transfer any part of the National Curriculum and higher level learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors.
Using ECT’s farms, woodland and rivers, children and young people of all ages – from Foundation Stage to undergraduates – are actively encouraged by the Trust to learn about farming and agriculture, wildlife, biodiversity and natural habitats, at first hand.
The Education Team tailors each visit to children’s specific learning needs. Forest School and residential opportunities are also available on the Trust’s Gloucestershire estates. Click on the following links to see case study examples of how we take subjects out of the classroom in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2.
The Ernest Cook Trust is a partner in Farming and Countryside Education, and is part of the Access to Farms initiative.