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The Institute for Outdoor Learning

The Institute for Outdoor Learning supports individuals and organisations who use the outdoors to make a difference for others.
Our mission is to increase participation in Outdoor Learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of Outdoor Learning in the UK. More...    
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Insurance: Essential Insurance for those who run outdoor activities

JLT Adventure Activity Insurance Website - Click here.

Preferential rates for IOL members only. This offer is open to all companies with a turnover less than £150,000.

As the recommended Insurance Broker of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), the Adventure Activity insurance scheme from Thistle Insurance Services (formerly JLT) have been specially designed for individuals, partnerships and companies with a turnover less than £150,000. Although we are also happy to review your insurance arrangements regardless of turnover, separate to the IOL scheme with our Lloyds Underwriter.

Talk to us today on 0345 872 5524 about:

• Employees Liability Insurance

• Public and Products Liability Insurance

The Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a leader in providing insurance for both activity centres and freelance instructors. We fully understand the importance of supporting, developing and promoting excellent practice in learning through outdoor experience. We recognise that every activity business is unique so have ensured that you have the flexibility to grow your insurance to match your particular requirements. And as your activities business grows, we can adapt your policy to suit you.

We also have a bespoke scheme for forest school leaders/bushcraft leaders/environmental study officers, who work on a freelance basis.

Under this scheme, a freelance instructor offering purely Environmental Studies can expect to pay just £169 inc IPT for an annual policy (depending on satisfactory completion on the proposal form) if they are a member of IOL. Please note: If you are trading under a company name, you are required to be an Organisation member with the IOL.

Visit the Adventure Activity Insurance Website, Or call us now on

0345 872 5524

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a division of Thistle Insurance Services Limited. Lloyd's Broker. Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority. A JLT Group Company. Registered Office: 6 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2PH. Registered in England No 00338645. VAT No. 244 2321 96. Outdoor Learning Services Ltd are Introducer Appointed Representatives of Thistle Insurance Services Limited.

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme - Click here




Insurance is also provided by Activities Industry Mutual
  • Activities Industry Mutual has been established for the industry, by the industry, following industry-wide research of AALA licensed adventure activities providers. AIM is managed by Regis Mutual Management Limited, a company of professional managers who specialise in running mutuals.
  • www.activitiesindustrymutual.co.uk


For details see: IOL Events page or the IOL Accreditation Diary Dates.

04/10/2016 IOL Peaks Members Meeting
IOL Peaks Members Meeting
Joint meeting with AHOEC and HE representatives 7:00pm -9:00pm Venue tbc but in Buxton.

07/10/2016 New Appointment
New Appointment
at Rhayader Centre
13/10/2016 IOL National Conference 2016 - joint...
IOL National Conference 2016 - joint...

Visit the web page for all the info - Programme, bookings, exhibitor and presenter packs.

Theme: What is Outdoor Learning For?

Taking pace at Yarnfield Conference Centre, Staffordshire.

Bookings are open now.
21/10/2016 Outdoor Food Hygiene - IOL NE CIEH L2...
Outdoor Food Hygiene - IOL NE CIEH L2...
at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Gosforth, Newcastle.
26/10/2016 Southern IOL Watersports Symposium
Southern IOL Watersports Symposium
Venue: Cobnor Activities Centre Trust, CHIDHAM

IOL South web page'
07/11/2016 IOL North East Conference 2016
IOL North East Conference 2016
IOL North East Conference 2016
Venue - Pickering

IOL North East web page'
25/11/2016 AFA PPG Annual Conference 2016
AFA PPG Annual Conference 2016
at Hindleap Warren, Forest Row, East Sussex

IOL AFA web page'
25/12/2016 IOL Adventure for All PPG CONFERENCE
IOL Adventure for All PPG CONFERENCE
see: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=304

Venue: Hindleap Warren
20/01/2017 IOL North West Conference
IOL North West Conference
at University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus

IOL North West web page'
25/01/2017 Working With Challenging Behaviour -...
Working With Challenging Behaviour -...
Venue is Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

IOL Midlands web page'
03/02/2017 IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
in conjunction with our colleagues at the Scottish Adventure Activities Forum (SAAF).

IOL Scotland web page'
14/03/2017 Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
Safeguarding & Protecting Children -...
at Powder Mills, Yelverton

IOL South West web page'
31/03/2017 IOL Midlands - Joint Meeting with mem...
IOL Midlands - Joint Meeting with mem...
at Malvern Hills Outdoor Centre
02/05/2017 Bushcraft Competency Certificate Ases...
Bushcraft Competency Certificate Ases...
at Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire

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Influencing / Lobbying advice

IOL has produced a simple paper by way of an introduction to developing a relationship with and influencing Government and your local MP. Find out more.

Effectiveness of Outdoor Learning

The Blagrave Trust commissioned this Effectiveness of Outdoor Learning review and report in early 2015 to support the development of a better evidence base for Outdoor Learning in the UK.

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