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Field Studies Professional Practice Group

Field Studies PPG Conference 2017

Friday 27th and Sunday 29th October

at Leeson House Field Studies Centre, Dorset
Planning is underway – watch this space and put the date in your diary!

Professional Development Event 2016

The first Professional Development Event of the IOL Field Studies (NAFSO) Special Interest Group took place on January 2016. The event was based at Lee Valley Youth Hostel, Cheshunt and organised by Karen Wheeler (Lee Valley Country Park) and Chas Matthews (NAFSO), assisted by the NAFSO Exec team.

The National Association of Field Studies Officers elected to become an IOL ‘SIG’ in January of 2015. The 57 PDE participants enjoyed a range of local workshop activities, and keynote speeches from Shaun Dawson (CEO Lee Valley Regional Park Authority) and Jerry Robinson (Operations Director, YHA).

At the ‘SIG’ AGM the existing interim NAFSO/IOL executive committee retired, and a new team was elected. The new Chair is Tom Davis, PGL Study Course Coordinator.

The AGM also saw the retirement of Chas Matthews as NAFSO Chair. Chas was a key member of the group that first established NAFSO some 47 years ago, and has devoted thousands of hours to leading and promoting Field Studies, and supporting those who teach and lead. Chas was presented with a leaving gift by Anthony Thomas OBE on behalf of all NAFSO members and PDE participants.

Tom Davis will lead the new exec. Among their challenges will be to develop the group into a vibrant Professional Practice Group within the IOL organisation, with a new name and new ways of working to support Field Studies.

David Etheridge,

IOL Field Studies Group

FS event january

If you enjoyed the  IOL/NAFSO Field Studies PDE in January 2016, you may wish to download and read the ‘Proceedings’ which are available via this link.
Many thanks to all those who supported this event, and of course to those who kindly contributed to these Proceedings . Apologies for any mistakes or omissions, but we hope you will enjoy revisiting what proved to be a very successful professional development event.

Field Studies (NAFSO) Group - members only web area

Field Studies PPG

Field Studies Professional Practice Group
- part of the IOL Professional Community with all the benefits of IOL membership

  • Active body of outdoor practitioners creating high quality, safe and enjoyable learning experiences for all
  • Teaching subjects linked to the natural world using field work in a variety of environments
  • Raising educational achievement and disseminating good practice
  • Contributing to lifelong learning for a sustainable future
  • Developing young people’s skills & confidence and appreciation of the natural world to create responsible citizens
  • Supporting other practitioners
  • Working in partnership with other IOL groups, National Government and other related bodies.

News and Updates for Field Studies (previously NAFSO) Group

The Environmental Curriculum - a new FREE resource from NAEE that highlights the opportunities for education IN, ABOUT and FOR the environment in the 2014 Early Years and Primary curricula. A fantastic booklet sharing good practice for all those involved in delivering the national curriculum to these stages.  Its free….so why not take a look

IOL Field Studies PPG

Field Studies (NAFSO) Group

On April 1st 2015, NAFSO was integrated within the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL) as the NAFSO/IOL Field Studies Special Interest Group. The decision to join IOL was approved at the January 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Membership of the Special Interest Group will be available to all existing and all new IOL members.  Full details of how to join has been circulated to existing NAFSO members and to IOL members shortly.  We hope that many existing NAFSO members will wish to join the IOL and the new 'SIG' and take advantage of all that the new arrangements can offer.

As a consequence of this change this existing NAFSO website will be taken down on or about January 31st 2015.  From this date forward news about the new SIG will begin to appear on the IOL website.

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the NAFSO Website over the last few years and we look forward to meeting you again through our new partnership with IOL.

David Etheridge, Vice Chair NAFSO.

 Press Release  -  NAFSO Vote to become a part of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)

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