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Plymouth Marjon University hosts The Peninsula Research in Outdoor Learning conference for 2020

Released: 31.01.20

The Peninsula Research in Outdoor Learning (PRinOL) group is co-convened by Mark Leather at Plymouth Marjon University, with colleagues Rowena Passy and Alun Morgan from the University of Plymouth. Its purpose is to bring researchers, practitioners and policy makers and enforcers together to share knowledge, ideas and understanding about outdoor learning in all settings, for all ages.

The annual conference was held on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, at Plymouth Marjon University. Titled “Making it Happen: Outdoor Learning in the Primary School Curriculum”, the conference was sponsored by the Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE).  

Guests of the conference saw keynotes from Professors Pete Bentsen, Michelle Jones, Justin Dillon and others, with local schools showcasing their outdoor learning in practice.

With over 100 attendees, both leading researchers from Denmark and around the UK – including Marjon’s own Deputy Vice-Chancellor Michelle Jones, as well as local schools who are highly active in outdoor learning.

Dr Rowena Passy, Senior Research Fellow in Post Primary Educational Development at the University of Plymouth, said:

“We were delighted with the conference attendance and engagement; our speakers were inspirational and delegates were quick to respond with their ideas. We’re now looking forward to next year.”

Expressing her satisfaction with the event, Jayne, a delegate at the conference said:

“The event was amazing in terms of exploring outdoor learning in the capacity to engage children and promote learning across the curriculum.  All of the sessions I attended were very useful and extremely well presented. Not only have I gained knowledge and a renewed passion for the value of outdoor learning, but I feel much better equipped to convey these messages to students.”

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