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Duke of Edinburgh's Award bosses hail easing of camping rules


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Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – Playing and learning

This week I had the pleasure of attending the House of Commons to speak at the launch of the Play Safety Forum's revised guidance on Managing Risk in Play Provision. It was good to chat with a number of dedicated people who are passionate about seeing children learn important lessons about life from outdoor play. HSE was happy to support the production of the guidance and drafted a joint high level statement with Play Safety Forum, which is included in the publication.
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Feature film coming out this weekend at a number of cinemas over the UK. More...

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The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom

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Welsh Assembly Government is asking for your help to measure the economic value of the outdoor tourism sector. More...

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File on Four features this issue More...

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 EXPERTS have called for more Scottish school lessons to take place outdoors. Professor Peter Higgins of Edinburgh University says schoolchildren are “stuck in classrooms” and need to go outdoors at least once a week. He said teachers and school bosses had failed to realise the benefits of outdoor education to childrens’ health and wellbeing, and the amount of time children spend outdoors should be a key part of inspections.

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How outdoor play inspires independent learning for early years Forget lesson plans, Annie Woods lets nature and spontaneity be her pupils' inspiration during lessons in the forest

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Children are safer playing out in the street or their local park than on the internet, a landmark report by the NSPCC shows