Welcome to Active Learning


Continuous Professional Development Courses for Schools and Early Years

Examples of CPD Learning


  • Active Learning designs and delivers courses to support schools in the development and practice of “Learning Outside the Classroom”.
  • Active Learning delivers courses in association with Learning through Landscapes (ltl.org.uk) and Grounds for Learning (gflscotland.org.uk), and local education authorities. These courses are designed to give practical support to teachers and early years professionals in improving the design and use of school grounds and early years gardens.
  • Active Learning delivers a range of courses which support the use of experiential learning and reflective practice in the classroom and the wider school community.


The courses:

  • link to Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom and Foundation Stage Curriculum in England
  • follow principles advocated by Learning through Landscapes and Play England
  • link directly to the LTS 5-14 curriculum and support the introduction of A Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
  • demonstrate and give examples of existing best practice
  • are experiential in nature

Examples of courses Active Learning has designed and delivered:

  • Growing food in schools
  • Using and developing Eco-Schools grounds
  • Pupil Leadership Development Programme
  • Active Learning methods for School Science
  • Managing Risk in Outdoor Play
  • Promoting Playing and Learning Outdoors in Reception Year
  • Growing food in Early Years
  • Promoting Playing and Learning Outdoors in Foundation Stage
  • Engaging Boys in Playing and Learning Outdoors

Examples of CPD learning





The staff have commented on this being one of their best In-service days. They stressed that it was laid back, fun and most importantly they left the training with something that they could put into practice. A lot of the services used many of the new activities that they learned in the October Holidays where children had full day care. In all, the In-service day was excellent and the staff had a really good time. Perth & Kinross Council Out of School Activities Co-ordinator