INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS, LECTURERS AND YOUTH WORKERS
Due to the nature of our courses, it is important that all visiting staff are as prepared as possible prior to their arrival.
CENTRE AND TEAMS
Our centres are managed by a Head of Centre. The daily operation of the programme is the responsibility of the Operations Manager, who will make themselves known to you on arrival or at an early stage of your course.
Learning and adventure managers oversee the running of all of the courses throughout the week, they will be your key point of communication should you have any suggestions, concerns or require more information.
Group Instructors work 1:12 for the duration of the course. They are responsible for delivering the programme, meeting course outcomes and for the welfare and personal development needs of participants in their groups.
Duty Instructional night staff start their duty at 5:00pm each evening and work through until 9:00am the next morning. They assist with the general running of the centre during this time and are available to help course participants and visiting staff to ensure there is 24 hour pastoral care.
Please note we often have a number of clients' courses running concurrently.
We provide each participant with all specialist activity and safety equipment. For more details on what to bring, view our kit list.
All participants including visiting staff must complete an enrolment and medical form, which must be returned to us no later than four weeks prior to your course start date.
We strongly recommend that you visit our dedicated resource area and download our pre-course learning materials. We encourage participants to work through these activities prior to attending their Outward Bound course. This can help them to feel more prepared for the experience - often resulting in enhanced learning from the course.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Whilst instructors will take responsibility for safe practice during activities, visiting staff are asked to:
- Assist in supervising their group at all times
- Designate at least one member of staff to be the main point of contact for each course
- Work with Outward Bound staff in matters of discipline concerning course participants
- Adhere to our Community Code
- Join in with activities where possible
- Attend and contribute to review sessions run by Outward Bound instructors
- Chase up course participants who are poor time-keepers
- Ensure course participants do not visit each other’s dormitories during non-activity periods
- Encourage course participants to keep areas in and around the centre tidy
- Manage and control course participants’ medication
- Assist in the case of sickness or injury.
IT HAS HELPED STAFF TO SEE STUDENTS LEARN IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT, ASSESS THEIR LEARNING STYLES AND TO DEVELOP BETTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS. WE CAN ALSO SAY 'REMEMBER WHEN YOU DID THAT AT OUTWARD BOUND', A POWERFUL TOOL TO HELP STUDENTS EMPLOY PAST LEARNING. Class teacher, Secondary School
Evidence in our latest Social Impact Report (1.88MB, PDF) shows that, through observing their pupils' progress and achievements during the course, teaching staff can increase their understanding of their pupils' abilities, improve their relationships with pupils and, in some cases, further develop their own teaching skills.
72% OF TEACHERS AGREED THAT THE COURSE HAD GIVEN THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT PUPILS IN A MORE TARGETED WAY AND 80% OF TEACHERS SAID THEY GAINED IN SOME WAY THEMSELVES FROM THE COURSE.
The Outward Bound Trust run FREE Outdoor Learning Taster Courses throughout the year - immersing teachers in our outdoor learning process allowing them to build their confidence and knowledge and to experience the benefits first-hand. It's an ideal opportunity to meet our expert instructional staff and discuss the requirements of your school with members of our team whilst contributing towards professional development.
All food, equipment and accommodation, are provided free of charge - you just need to bring yourself, a colleague and a sense of adventure!
Feedback from our recent taster course events
FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO 'COME AND SEE', AND FEEL LIKE I HAVE HAD A GOOD INSIGHT INTO WHAT YOU CAN OFFER AND WILL HOPEFULLY BE BACK!
I'VE SEEN THE AMAZING IMPACT ON THE KIDS AND NOW SAMPLING IT FIRST HAND REINFORCES MY BELIEF IN IT BEING FANTASTIC.