Groundwork is working alongside partners to deliver Nature Friendly Schools – a four year initiative that aims to bring thousands of children closer to nature, and in turn, benefit their learning, health and wellbeing and help to develop teachers’ confidence to embrace and drive forward outdoor learning in schools.

Two school children with a birdbox
Students will be given the opportunity to visit local nature reserves or parks and experience wildlife on their doorstep through the creation of new nature areas within their school grounds. Teachers will receive training on how to link outdoor learning to the National Curriculum and how to make the most of the outdoor space available to them, whether this be on their school grounds or at a nearby green spaces.

Groundwork will engage and support secondary schools and APIs, working with teachers to develop an action plan and delivering school grounds improvements, off-site visits and staff development.

Nature Friendly Schools is funded by the Department for Education, with support from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Natural England. It is led by The Wildlife Trusts, working in partnership with YoungMinds, the Sensory Trust and the Field Studies Council.

If you have any further queries about the programme, please email or call 0121 236-8565.