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Raising Attainment with FSC Scotland

How does outdoor learning help?

“The journey through education for any child in Scotland must include opportunities for a series of planned, quality outdoor learning experiences.”   Education Scotland

Our outdoor learning and residential experiences are closely aligned with the areas of focus from the Scottish Government and Education Scotland.  Fieldwork and outdoor learning is an excellent way to help Scotland’s children and young people develop their skills, knowledge and personal attributes:


Improving Attainment: Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy have been identified as key priorities in the National Improvement Framework.  Outdoor learning and fieldwork can provide an ideal context for learning other skills – particularly literacy and numeracy where ideas taught in the classroom can be applied to real life situations. 

We help develop literacy and numeracy skills in engaging and different ways through outdoor learning with activities like poetry writing inspired by the landscape, measuring angles in trees, sharing stories of new experiences and analysing data collected first hand from a river study.


Pupil Equity / Attainment Funding

Our fieldwork and outdoor learning opportunities are an ideal way to utilise Pupil Equity or Attainment Funding as they cover areas of focus in raising attainment and help with many of the areas suggested as interventions for equity.


Reducing the Poverty Attainment Gap

Learning outside the classroom is beneficial for children and young people from all backgrounds and levels of academic achievement and helps improve their attainment.

For those schools with pupils living in the most disadvantaged parts of Scotland we offer a Bursary Fund to provide financial assistance to enable them to join their classmates on an FSC course.  Pupils with postcodes in the 10% most deprived areas can receive up to 80% of the course fee. Please see www.field-studies-council.org/bursary or ask us for details.


Health and Wellbeing

Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

A visit to FSC will encourage development of a range of health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes like learning to assess risk, participating in active challenges, learning about the impact of the food you eat and reflecting on new experiences.


Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes and Four Capacities

All of our courses are specifically created to meet the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence. There are clear links to a wide variety of experiences and outcomes at each level and we can also tailor experiences to meet your group’s needs and link to work back in the classroom.

In addition to the curriculum visiting FSC helps with many of the four capacities, helping Scotland’s children and young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. 

For more information see Education Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning 


Interdisciplinary Learning

A visit to FSC is an ideal way to connect different curriculum subjects.  We take an interdisciplinary approach to our courses encouraging pupils to see connections across the curriculum.



Learning outside the classroom can be an excellent way to develop enthusiasm for the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. 

Outdoor learning demonstrates real world STEM and provides opportunities for learners to see the relevance of what they are studying.


National Improvement Framework

The National Improvement Framework launched in 2017 has a strong focus on the importance of literacy and numeracy, health and wellbeing and the importance of closing the poverty attainment gap, all of which can be helped through outdoor learning experiences.


Find out more about opportunities for outdoor learning and fieldwork to help raise attainment for your pupils with FSC Scotland