Outdoor Learning

Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to
raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development.
(Council for Learning Outside the Classroom,2015).

Environmental awareness

The necessity for us to maintain contact with the natural world is essential
to the human spirit, yet a gradual disconnection between children and nature is occurring
(Sir David Attenburgh)

Food & health

Food education is, without doubt, one of life’s most
important skills – just as valuable as reading, writing and maths.
(Jamie Oliver)


Welcome to Growing Devon Schools

Thanks to funding from Awards for All and the Ernest Cook Trust, and Devon Gardens Trust, Growing Devon Schools have been running a series of events throughout 2019. Coming up next we have our Autumn Forum Day at Foxhole Community Garden, on Monday 14th October 2019. The event is free and with a free lunch. You can find out more and book here.

We have also been running a series of free Twilight Sessions in schools around Devon. These consist of practical after-school training sessions through the seasons for teachers, TA’s and school garden volunteers. The aim of these sessions is to support school staff and volunteers to gain the confidence and skills to use the school grounds more productively, for:

– food growing, harvesting, cooking, composting.
– wildlife gardening
– integrating outdoor learning into the school year
– making curriculum links, furthering healthy development, catering for all abilities and learning styles.

The venues are as follows, with links to further information and booking:

Colyton in East Devon: More info, dates and booking

Teignmouth: More info, dates and booking

Widecombe in the Moor: More info, dates and booking

Okehampton: More info, dates and booking.

Exeter: More info, dates and booking.

As a Partnership, we recognise that many schools and in Devon, would like to start growing projects, but may benefit from additional skills, knowledge, confidence, networks and support.  Growing Devon Schools offers training and skills share events, twilight training sessions and support with activity resources and helping schools to fundraise for their gardens.

Our mission statement:

The partnership exists to support teachers in the development and delivery of an outdoor experiential curriculum that builds skills, environmental awareness, a lifelong healthy relationship with food and an understanding of its production and preparation.

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