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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All


Information for Scottish Parliamentary 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 6,000 learners explored Scotland with FSC last year.

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

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We believe that every child in Scotland 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 Scotland and how this is playing a vital role in delivering Scotland’s aim to ensure that all children and young people develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work. 

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. FSC’s work delivering the OPAL project in deprived urban areas in Scotland is one way in which we try to offer opportunities to all children.

Despite all its benefits, outdoor learning is under threat.  With increasing budgetary pressures on schools, FSC’s charitable work in Scotland 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.