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One of the missions of the Institute for Outdoor Learning is to recognise and improve the quality of Outdoor Learning in the UK. We do this by working in collaboration and sometimes partnership with many organisations involved in the professional development of our members and the provision of Outdoor Learning.


  IOL Guidance and Good Practice

IOL offers guidance and makes Good Practice Statements where it is deemed beneficial to the sector as a whole, something that is supported by and is supportive of, our members and where no other relevant guidance exists.

IOL Policies and Good Practice

IOL Guidance for Outdoor First Aid


  Guidance for Individuals and Organisations

These resources are aimed at supporting our Individual and Organisational members in their provision of Outdoor Learning.

Guidance for Insurance and Liability Cover

Schools and Teachers

INSET - Outdoor Learning Days

Adventure Activities

Influencing and Lobbying

Links to Useful Organisations

Potential Funding Sources


  Research and Reports

IOL commissions reports and works in partnership with many organisations in order to further expand  and develop research throughout all areas of Outdoor Learning. Our professional Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning (JAEOL) is peer reviewed with an international review board.

Effectiveness of Outdoor Learning Review

Getting Active Outdoors - Sport England OIA Report

What is Outdoor Learning?

Impact of Outdoor Learning

Strategic Leadership in Outdoor Learning

Research Reports

Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

High Quality Outdoor Learning Guide

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