OPAL is proud to support the 'Year of Fieldwork' initiative, led by Field Studies Council (FSC).
Fieldwork and other out-of-classroom learning experiences are increasingly being recognised across the curriculum as a highly valuable tool in raising standards and skills in participants of all ages.
The ‘Year of Fieldwork’, which will run over the academic year 2015-16, brings together a range of partners to celebrate these skills and opportunities and to offer support for those that wish to develop these further.
The principal purposes of the 'Year of Fieldwork' are to:
- Highlight examples of good practice and the support that FSC, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
- Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
- Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people.
- Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.
OPAL Director, Dr. David Slawson, comments:
"OPAL fully supports the Field Studies Council’s 'Year of Fieldwork' initiative. There is no better way to inspire a life-long passion for nature than to provide young people with the opportunity to get outdoors to explore nature 'in the flesh'. It’s great fun and the knowledge and skills learnt are likely to nurture a new generation of environmentalists."
To find out more about the 'Year of Fieldwork' visit the FSC website.