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.
Individuals awarded on the day
|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:
(added on 12 September 2014)