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Launch of outdoor learning resource for schools

Killylea Primary School pupils showcasing examples of activities included in the new outdoor education resource

A RESOURCE to help teachers with outdoor learning has been launched by the Education Authority.

Led by Pam Lowry, principal of Killylea PS in Co Armagh, six videos outline the journey, activities and benefits of outdoor learning.

Also included in the Teacher Professional Learning resource are 16 shorter narrated video clips, which provide a virtual tour of the outdoor educational areas in the school and highlight some of the activities that children participate in.

Ms Lowry said she hopes the learning resource "will benefit schools across Northern Ireland on their outdoor learning journey".

"Our staff have fully embraced outdoor learning as they see the benefits for pupils in terms of mental health and wellbeing and the development of resilience, problem solving, team working, communication and social skills," she said.

"Our parents are fully supportive of outdoor learning as they can see the enjoyment it brings while their children are actively engaged in their learning."

EA chairperson Barry Mulholland, said: "The launch of this new outdoor educational resource is an excellent example of the Education Authority working collaboratively with school leaders to share their innovative teaching practices with the rest of the education sector to improve the educational experiences of our children and young people.

"I would like to thank principal Pam Lowry, teaching staff and children at Killylea Primary School for working with us to create this valuable learning resource."

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