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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


Information for London Assembly Election Candidates

FSC runs courses for all ages and abilities to help people discover the environment. From curriculum based courses for schools, university study and family holidays to professional biodiversity training, over 165,000 learners explored the world around them with FSC last year.

In the run up to the elections to the London Assembly, FSC wants to shout about the benefits of outdoor learning.

We believe that every child in London should have the opportunity to fully participate and experience all that outdoor learning can offer them. 

As a candidate standing for election, we want to bring to your attention the work that FSC does in London and how this is playing a vital role in delivering on London’s aim to prepare young people for life in a global city. Over 54,800 learners came to one of FSC’s London locations last year or used the city or its parks to discover more about their environment.

Social and Personal Development

FSC believes that outdoor learning can make a significant contribution to achievement because it offers an abundance of opportunities to instil key character traits, including persistence, grit, optimism and curiosity.

Achieve economic wellbeing

High quality day and residential fieldwork are vital for a contemporary education.  Exploring the real world brings classroom learning to life. Fieldwork is essential for students deepen their understanding of science and geography.  With FSC’s use of the latest mobile technology in the field, STEM skills so essential for our economy are also being developed.   

Achieve, irrespective of social and economic background

Outdoor learning engages hard to reach or underachieving groups and has been successfully developed to improve both numeracy and literacy. FSC believes that learning outside the classroom has a significant role to play in closing the attainment gap.

Despite all its benefits, outdoor learning is under threat.  With increasing budgetary pressures on schools, FSC’s charitable work in London helps disadvantaged school kids attend courses with the rest of their class. 

FSC is calling on all election candidates to support an expectation that all young people will experience a progressive range of outdoor learning and residential experiences.

“Most of the exciting things happen outside whilst inside you see the usual stuff.” Student from Waltham Forest, learning with FSC in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park