Welcome to Moray Outdoor Learning

Here you will find all you need to support your next steps in your school's outdoor learning journey.  Contacts and dates are provided below for ASGs and for the Moray OWLs group, though these are for information only the individuals are not in any leadership, organisational or coordinating role for Moray Outdoor Learning. We simply see it as an opportunity to contact like-minded people!

OL and Curricular links

'Outdoor learning encompasses the entire range of learning experiences undertaken outside.  Whether it is reading a book outside or participating in an overseas expedition, the curriculum design principles apply.'  (Outdoor Learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland.  Education Scotland)

The following links and support are aimed at all teachers and educators and provide guidance and inspiration for taking all elements of the Curriculum for Excellence outdoors to powerfully enrich learning experiences in all four contexts - curriculum areas, IDL, personal achievement and the life and ethos of the school.

Building your Curriculum - Outside and In (PDF)

Building your Curriculum - Outside and In - Reflection Tool (PDF)

Curriculum for Excellence Fact file (PDF)

Outdoor Learning Directory

Moray Outdoor Learning Festival (MOLF)

Education Scotland - Outdoor Learning pages from Education Scotland, providing support and guidance for outdoor learning.

Moray Contacts

Karen Lees (QIO) - karen.lees@moray.gov.uk

Opportunities for collaboration, support and sharing practice

Dates of MOLG meetings 2018/19

An invitation is extended to anyone interested to join the Moray Outdoor Learning Group meetings which are planned as follows, and are an opportunity to share practice, ideas and awareness of opportunities to support OL.  Teachers and practitioners from all sectors are encouraged to participate.  No need to book, just turn up and join in!  New members always welcome.

  • Dates to be decided.

ASG Outdoor Learning Contacts

ASG Contact Person School Email Address
Buckie ASG Dawn Thomson Findochty Primary School dawn.thomson6@moray-edunet.gov.uk
Elgin Acadey ASG

Martin Collins

Angela Mitchell

Seafield Primary School

Seafield Primary School



Elgin High School ASG Susan Rose Elgin High School susan.rose@moray-edunet.gov.uk
Forres ASG Jane Oag Forres Academy jane.oag@moray-edunet.gov.uk
Keith ASG

Sheelagh Smith

Carly Ralfs

Keith Grammar School

Keith Primary School



Lossiemouth ASG Laura McGurk St Gerardine's Primary School laura.mcgurk1@moray-edunet.gov.uk
Milne's ASG Pip Wheeler Milne's Primary School WheelP@moray-edunet.gov.uk
Speyside ASG Ali Hammerton Speyside High School alison.hammerton@moray-edunet.gov.uk


Moray OWLs (Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland) contacts:

Contact Person:

Alan Smith
Telephone - 01479 870518
Email - alansmith@cairngorms.co.uk

Risk Assessment

Exemplar risk assessments and templates for curricular and non-adventurous activities:

Generic Risk Assessments for Adventurous Activities:

The Moray Council Guidance

Off Site Excursions Guidance (PDF)
Standard Operating Procedures (PDF)

The above guidance details the necessary steps when planning and organising an off-site excursion, regular or one off events (sports fixtures, expressive arts festivals, competitions for example), a residential experience, and any event which includes adventurous activity.  The notification and approval process now takes place using Evolve, the online system for visits.  Each member of staff has been issued login details, and training has been delivered to headteachers and EVCs.

This is supported by Standard Operating Procedures.

A summary and overview to support planning a visit is provided here.


Evolve is an online system for visits, activities and off site excursions.  All head teachers and anyone leading any visits from schools has login details and should use the system to plan, monitor and seek approval for their curricular and extra-curricular excursions.  If you are planning a visit and don/t already have login details, then see your line manager or head teacher in the first instance.  You can log in to the service here.
Moray Evolve Information

Forms for Outdoor Activities

Approved Providers

Adventurous Activities Approved Providers List

Going Out There - National guidance from the Scottish Government and SAPOE on off-site visits.

The Moray Council is a licensed provider of adventure activities.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - Expedition Approval Request (MS Word)

 This approval process should now take place using Evolve - see above

Resources Training and Funding

Resources have been collected which are available for schools and settings to borrow - these are currently stored in the council offices in Elgin and can be booked by contacting Anne-Marie.Ballantyne@moray.gov.uk or calling her on 01343 563163:

Tent tipi - portable, to shelter 12-14 adults comfortably, great for temporary outdoor class / shelter for visits to local places.

Ghillie kettles - x 3 varying sizes, perfect for simple firelighting sessions and providing hot drinks.

GPS Garmin 10 - set of three, can be used for navigation, geocaching, setting and following trails and more.

If you would like to develop your skills and understanding of OL why not try one of the courses for teachers offered by Grounds for Learning?  The Lead Teacher in OL and the Teaching in Nature courses lead to professional recognition.  


Looking for support with your OL, or for placements for volunteering?  Try the Tsi volunteers list http://tsimoray.org.uk/

MLAC - Moray Local Awards Committee may be helpful in providing some support for D of E groups.

New Opportunities Fund - the Big Lottery Fund hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery

Orienteering Resource
A range of simple and progressive activities to develop orienteering skills in your school and local area. Read the Trio-o, Orienteering made easy (PDF) an introductory pack.

Outward Bound Trust
How Outward Bound courses support young people in their journey to, and within, employment - view more information (PDF)

Outward Bound Team Dynamics and Community Builders ideas
This booklet gives a vast range of activities for use with classes and groups to enhance teamwork, problem solving, communication, negotiating, developing confidence and more. download information here

Useful Internet Links:

Financial Support for Travel to Scotland's National Parks

Planning a visit or a field trip to the Cairngorms National Park?  Our 2016 Travel Grant scheme is now open to schools and voluntary groups to make educational trips to the National Park. Grants are available up to 75% of travel costs, up to £200 for trips taken this year and until 31st March 2017.

Applications are particularly welcomed from groups or schools who have not visited the National Park before, who come from socially deprived areas or experience disadvantage on account of their disability, age, health, race or income.

The grant scheme is funded by Cairngorms National Park Authority to encourage wider participation and learning about Scotland’s National Parks.

For more information and application pack, go to


or email learning@cairngorms.co.uk

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park also offer a similar fund.

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