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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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Essential Insurance
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

 

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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

Diary

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

April
12/04/2017 IOL NW Members Network Evening + Comm...
IOL NW Members Network Evening + Comm...
IOL NW Members Network Evening + Committee Meeting
share your ideas and input

Online via GoToMeeting
May
02/05/2017 Bushcraft Competency Certificate Asse...
Bushcraft Competency Certificate Asse...
at Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire


http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225
03/05/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire

3rd - 4th May 2017

Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire

Workshops so far planned:

- Tracking through Observational Skills and Games
- Make a Canadian Predator Call – George Yeomans
- Man Made Tinder (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
- Friction Fire for all ages

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
Working with Willow - Dave Watson
16/05/2017 Making the Most of your Fire - IOL No...
Making the Most of your Fire - IOL No...
Making the Most of your Fire
... including smelting, making charcoal, and of course baking.
As practitioners it's important to remember to make time for ourselves to play and create. This is a perfect opportunity... and you'll take away new ideas for activities to run with your own groups. We'll discuss age appropriateness and adapting activities for different age groups.

£15 IOL Members
£30 Non IOL Members

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=342

19/05/2017 IOL NW Committee - Planning Practitio...
IOL NW Committee - Planning Practitio...
IOL NW Committee - Planning Practitioners Gathering

Wilfs Cafe, Staveley
June
09/06/2017 Maximising Learning in your school -...
Maximising Learning in your school -...
Maximising Learning in your school - IOL Enabling Outdoor Learning event at Easterside Academy, Middlesbrough
£95 per person.

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=126&EventId=3277
14/06/2017 New Appointment
New Appointment
Venue: Haven Banks OEC, Exeter
Purpose: 1. Update on "Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer” submission. 2. Discuss the fourth draft of the "Outdoor Learning Session Deliverer” Assessment plan. 3. Discuss typical apprentice journeys and costings
July
14/07/2017 IOL NW Members Network Evening + Comm...
IOL NW Members Network Evening + Comm...
IOL NW Members Network Evening + Committee Meeting

POSSIBLE Derwent Water, Keswick
August
01/08/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - O...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - O...
At Appleton Common, Oxfordshire

Workshop TBA

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
03/08/2017 IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Assessment 03/08/17 Oxfordshire

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225
September
05/09/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - S...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - S...


at Babington Woods

Workshops so far planned:

- Make your own simple Bow
- Traditional Flint and Steel
- Weaving with woodland materials

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103
15/09/2017 IOL NW Practitioners Gathering 2017
IOL NW Practitioners Gathering 2017
13.00 - 21.30

at Low Wray, Ambelside. More details later

IOL North West web page'
20/09/2017 IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
IOL Bushcraft Certificate (BCC) Asses...
http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=225

£165 fee.
October
11/10/2017 IOL NW Members Network - share your...
IOL NW Members Network - share your...
IOL NW Members Network - share your ideas and input via GoToMeeting
13/10/2017 Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Reviewing Outdoors with Roger Greenaw...
Meeting at Grizedale Forest.

9am to 4pm
These are very popular events and sell out so we would advise booking early.

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=127&EventTypeId=4
14/10/2017 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - L...
At Chambers Farm, Lincolnshire

Workshops so far planned:

- Wool Spinning made easy
- Coil Baskets
- Make a simple Rope Walk
- Others TBA



http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103

November
03/11/2017 IOL NW Committee - Conference Planning
IOL NW Committee - Conference Planning
IOL NW Committee - Conference Planning
Venue - TBA
24/11/2017 IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
IOL Scotland Outdoor Learning and Adv...
At Scottish Outdoor Education Centres, Belmont
5pm 24th November - 4.30 pm 25th November 2017
in conjunction with our colleagues at the Scottish Adventure Activities Forum (SAAF).

Friday - Keynote by Bob Shepton, followed by dinner.

http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=168
December

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Donations

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Brenscombe Outdoor CentreLand and Wave to Sept 2016Caldecotte to Aug 2016Roots and WingsAIM March 2014
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.


AAIAC - Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee