- Why Greenstone
- Dementia sensory gardens
- International School grounds design - AAS Moscow
- Natural play in Early Years - North Islington
- Sensory play gardens - Hickory House
- Special needs schools - sensory play
- Sensory gardens for mental health - residential care village Norwood
- Stressed execs - residential sensory gardens
- Outdoor classrooms and community gardens
- Eco resorts - Portugal, Malaysia
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INSET day facilitators and CPD training
- learn how to make the most of your grounds
Eco schools training, environmental education, ESD workshops for staff and students, CPD for teachers, classroom assistants, senior management, and governors, INSET environment and school grounds days
Greenstone Design UK's Inset days for Eco schools, Sustainable schools, Environmental Education, learning outside the classroom, using your school grounds, outdoor classrooms and cross-curricula outdoor teaching and learning We offer other designers and local authorities bespoke CPD conference workshops on creating sustainable communities through landscape design for healthy lives healthy people. Please contact us to discuss your needs, from a one-hour presentation to full day workshops
Design and how-to courses are also offered on sustainable interior design, garden design and grow your own fruit and vegetables.
CPD is an important part of any profession. Early years, primary, secondary and college teachers all benefit from learning how to fit environmental education into their teaching programme. Eco-schools programmes require knowledgeable staff and students. Improving performance against relevant targets means Sustainable and Environmental Education teachers and students need to be confident outdoors. Learning outside the classroom brings the curriculum (and staff and students!) to life.
Greenstone Design UK are experts in environmental education; in particular the collaborative envisioning, design, use and development of outdoor learning environments. Service learning and systems thinking require us to make connections in a meaningful way.
We provide bespoke training workshops locally and internationally for Eco Schools coordinators, senior management, teaching assistants and / or students to embed the Eco ethos across the curriculum, and across all levels.
As experts in environmental education our sustainable designers and environmental managers work closely with educational institutions and community groups across all ages. We promote healthy schools and sustainable living through environmental awareness and understanding. Our staff includes certified eco-school assessors, checking on the integration of environmental programs across the school, recycling, resource reduction and re-use programmes. As trained Eco School assessors we can help guide you towards green flag status.
MIxed level, cross curricular environmental CPD courses have proven popular with, for example, secondary maths teachers assisting primary science teachers and vice versa . Primary CPD courses cover an introduction to teaching outdoors across the curriculum, a background to the new policy initiatives, plenty of hands-on activities, and the opportunity to work with our designer to design your playground to facilitate outdoor learning.
Secondary CPD courses focus on curriculum areas of geography, biology, english and maths. One day courses give you the tools and resources to use your school grounds to teach the curriculum creatively, outdoors. GCSE Geography fieldwork has been described as inadequate. Teachers need support to learn or reaffirm fieldwork skills. The new requirements for fieldwork in Biology will require similar CPD training for outdoor learning for teachers.
SEN INSET days for teachers who want to calm or stimulate students, reinforce classroom learning outdoors are also available. A full range of disabilities can be taken outdoors into safe, stimulating environments. Teaching and learning is enriched through experiential learning.
CPD to engage the disengaged offer staff ideas to work with children outdoors. Disengaged students are taught to value themselves, their communities and their abilities through social and therapeutic horticulture. CPD courses specifically for teachers of disengaged and disaffected students are available on request.
Pressing issues of Climate change, peak oil, sustainable development, can be taught through poetry, drama, outdoor environmental music and maths. Making the topic relevant and interesting to the students ensures their engagement, furthers their understanding of key stage requirements, and importantly is fun! Further courses are available on request.
* Any subject can be taught outdoors.
* School grounds or local community gardens may need to be designed to facilitate outdoor learning. Greenstone Design UK can help you with a plan for your playground.
To see a recent course delivered in conjunction with Curious Minds and Places Matter! check out the video on the linked page.
If you are interested in hosting an INSET day on using your school grounds to enhance delivery of the National Curriculum, please contact us.
Or, if you would like to come to the Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, we would be happy to welcome you to a mixed school event.
All abilities and age groups benefit from learning outside the classroom. Join us for a revitalising CPD day soon. Fee: from just £100 per person. Lunch and refreshments included.
- INSET day training
- supporting LOTC through school playgrounds design
Greenstone Design UK Ltd offers in-school INSET day training and off-site CPD days to teachers on how and why to use outdoor learning as part of the national curriculum. In conjunction with the Forestry Commission's Education service, we can come to you for a tailor-made day of outdoor activities and natural playground design ideas for your school grounds. Or, you can come to the Alice Holt Forest for a fully catered day of fun and inspiration.
We can work with you to decide where best to place outdoor classrooms as an invaluable, quiet, dry outdoor learning space. Outdoor classrooms can be used for outdoor drama productions, during lunchtimes, as well as for a full range of lessons outdoors.
We must change our thinking and actions to conserve our past and move towards a sustainable future.
For more information on how we can design your school playgrounds to suit your present and future outdoor learning needs, or to book a School Grounds Enhancement Day, please contact us.
To see projects we have worked on and ideas for future developments, please click here.
"Thanks for a brilliant day. Greenstone Design UK had some great ideas that we're eager to take back to school"
Curious Minds, the organisation I work with, regularly delivers CPD for teachers across 170 schools in the North West as part of our remit of developing creative work in schools.
Greenstone Design UK was engaged by our partners Places Matter! and we collaborated on the preparation and delivery of School Environment Outdoor Design CPD day for teachers in January 2011.
We found Gayle to be :
responsive and quick in her understanding of our brief for the day
· efficient and professional in all her communications with us: an especial pleasure was the way she prepared her presentation in advance and sent it to us with enough time for all partners to genuinely have an input in the final workshop. She responded sensitively to our feedback and changed the presentation to fit with our objectives.
· hugely enthusiastic and involved on the day itself, not just in her own presentation but in the whole day. Our feedback from teachers cites Gayle’s input as one of the two most useful elements of the day – the other being the practical exercises devised by others but supported very ably by Gayle
· very pleasant and engaging as a person which helped both in the planning of the day and the overall enjoyment of it by the teachers who attended.
We would have no hesitation in working with and recommending Gayle again on a similar event.
“ Greenstone Design's tutor's knowledge and enthusiasm was just what the staff needed. From a programmatic standpoint, we're now planning our school playground to be an integral teaching resource as well as a bio-diverse, fun space. We're also planning a space that works to uplift the staff and enhance the community's health and well-being.”
- creative curriculum
Working with teachers we offer inset days for creative curriculum, health and well-being, using eco school grounds to enliven science, literacy and maths, music, art, ICT and geography lessons. Outdoor activities to involve the wider community are showcased. Risk management and perceptions of risk are covered. Add value with a whole school INSET day or share costs and get together a consortia of local schools.
Working with students we offer special focus days as well as on-going programmes to support teaching and learning within the school. We will work with you to develop fun activities that engage the disengaged, spark deep understanding in the able and a love and respect for the environment across all abilities and levels.
Greenstone Design UK's eco schools training consultants, identified and recognised by the Department for Education and the Ministry of Health as best practice providers of innovation to bring the fun back into learning, developing health and well being in schools and the local community, bringing sustainability to the forefront. We offer Inset day training to teachers, administrators and classroom assistants. CABE enables us to deliver Landscape workshops, Learning Outside the Classroom workshops and Eco school environment focus days.
We tailor CPD programmes to meet your needs. Whether you require us to develop inclusive outdoor activities to enhance eco days, raise aspirations through outdoor learning programmes, provide training for environmental music for Muslim and non-faith students, environmental art with local artists, design schemes to include lavender to attract pollinating bees to the school orchard, making acidic compost from the staff room tea bags for successful blueberries, invite parents to join the environmental club creating mini-beast habitat in the local churchyard, show how to maximise literacy curriculum benefits of environmental theme weeks, importantly, we bring an 'eco' dimension into the everyday curriculum.
We have run training courses funded through the EU, CABE, Creative Partnerships, the Solent Centre for Architecture + Design, Places Matter! and the Forestry Commission. One day INSET day courses are generally held from 09.00 -15.30 at your school, a local consortia-chosen venue, the Tree House, Beaulieu, Hampshire or in the Alice Holt Forest classroom, Farnham, Hampshire. We supply eco schools and Playground Design workshops nationwide.
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