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Teachers awarded Professional Recognition at GTCS Outdoor Learning Event

Hosted by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) at its headquarters in Edinburgh on 3 September, the event brought together teachers from across Scotland in a celebration of professional learning.


Key outdoor learning organisations joined teachers at the event and a variety of workshops were held allowing participants to share experiences and develop new ideas in outdoor learning.

The event was a celebration of the achievements of those teachers who have been awarded Professional Recognition in Outdoor Learning by GTCS, with teachers presented with certificates on the day.

Kenneth Muir, GTCS Chief Executive, said:

‘It is valuable that teachers with a commitment to outdoor learning are recognised for the professional learning they undertake creating quality experiences for their schools and pupils. The GTCS award of Professional Recognition does just that and I’m delighted to welcome teachers from across Scotland in a day of learning, sharing and celebration.’

A list of all teachers who received certificates at the event is provided in the table below.


Since the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, support for outdoor learning has grown and teachers have been learning and developing new skills allowing them to deliver lessons outdoors. Valuable professional learning programmes are now available from organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage, Grounds for Learning, Education Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Forestry Commission and Outward Bound Scotland, helping to guide teachers and build a legacy which sees outdoor learning becoming embedded in the curriculum.

Professor Pete Higgins, Personal Chair in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, said:

‘Many teachers work hard to deliver high-quality outdoor learning experiences and are becoming more comfortable about encompassing and embracing it within their own discipline. We have something to celebrate that is the landscape, the culture and heritage of Scotland.’


I was blown away by the passion that everyone showed for learning and for giving the best possible experience to our young people.

View photos from the event

Find out more about Professional Recognition




Individuals awarded on the day

Name Employer
Mairi Barbour-Blackie City of Edinburgh Council
Vivienne Bradley Dumfries and Galloway Council
Donna Bullivant Stirling Council
Kathryn Catlow Aberdeenshire Council
Marguerite Elkin South Lanarkshire Council
Sean Fallon City of Edinburgh Council
Paula Fisher East Ayrshire Council
Ciara Gibson Perth and Kinross Council
Charlotte Glennie Aberdeenshire Council
Jacquie Grocott City of Edinburgh Council
Christine Hagart City of Edinburgh Council
Mary Harvey East Ayrshire Council
Linda Laird City of Edinburgh Council
Jennifer McAllister City of Edinburgh Council
Catriona McPhail Argyll and Bute Council
Kim McPhillips City of Edinburgh Council
Cheryl Miller City of Edinburgh Council
Andrew Morley City of Edinburgh Council
Elizabeth Norton City of Edinburgh Council
Suzanne Reid City of Edinburgh Council
Diane Richardson Moray Council
Sarah Ritchie Falkirk Council
Blaine Robertson West Lothian Council
Douglas Short City of Edinburgh Council
Christine Thomson City of Edinburgh Council
Neil Valentine City of Edinburgh Council
Pamela Webster Falkirk Council
Christine Wiik Stirling Council
Terence Wilkinson Glenalmond College
Rosalind Wright Moray Council

Details of all individuals who received Professional Recognition in Outdoor Learning in July 2014 are listed on the following web page:

Professional Recognition in Outdoor Learning July 2014

(added on 12 September 2014)