Wilderness Schooling in the North East
Wilderness Schooling delivers the core curriculum in Maths, Science and English
using the outdoors as the classroom resource.
The Wilderness aim is to increase childrens educational attainment by altering
the context in which they learn, and how they perceive,comprehend and form
links between their educational input.
The Wilderness Experience
Wildernes Schooling was borne out of the creative, educational and research expertise of Dr Toby Quibell, Director of North East Wellbeing. Wilderness Schooling takes place for one day per week for six weeks at outdoor facilities appropriate and conveinient for programme delivery and the school taking part. These six days include two days each working on three core curriculum subjects, English, Maths and Science. The programme is delivered by specialist Wilderness practitioners, and classteachers attend each session with the children. The value of the Wilderness programme is observed not only in children's enjoyment of working outdoors, but in the evidence of effect it has on their educational attainment, behaviour and language progression.
Data shows that children who took part in Wilderness Schooling (WS) showed significantly greater incremements in attainment in English Reading, English Writing, and Maths as well as significant improvements in behaviour and story comprehension compared to children who attended Normal Schooling (NS). The figures below display mean increments of scores for these areas across both groups.
Educational Attainment- Larger scores represent improvement in attainment
Group English Reading English Writing Maths
Wilderness Schooling 2.32 1.81 1.99
Normal Schooling 1.10 1.26 1.58
Behaviour Problems- Larger negative scores respresent improvement in behaviour (decrease in problems)
Group Total Behaviour Emotional Problems Conduct Problems Hyperactivity Peer Problems
Wilderness Schooling -2.22 -0.66 -0.39 -0.85 -0.44
Normal Schooling 0.29 -0.14 -0.09 -0.07 -0.23
Story Comprehension- Larger scores represent improvement in comprehension
Group Story Comprehension
Wilderness Schooling 3.36
Normal Schooling -1.46
For further information about Wilderness Schooling, or to arrange for the provision of a Wilderness programme for your school please contact us.
Across the North East, nine schools have taken part in a Wilderness Schooling research project funded by the Tudor Trust and The Equitable Charitable Trust throughout 2013/2014.
The project included 223 children who completed Wilderness Schooling activities for one day per week for six weeks across National Trust sites. Data gathered from these children was compared to a control group of 217 children who received normal schooling.