Continuous Professional Development

Curriculum Courses

There is overwhelming evidence for the positive effects of outdoor learning for children, adults, schools and communities. The agreed changes to the new Welsh curriculum encourages schools to increase their outdoor and off-site learning opportunities. This is so much easier if you have a pile of curriculum-linked activities up your sleeve and the confidence to deliver then in the outdoors.

Our 2017 programme of courses and school trips link to the new curriculum hopefully getting you ahead of the game. The changes to the Welsh and English curriculum should provide teachers with more time to be creative, learn outdoors and focus on children’s development and their long-term assessment. All of the courses will clearly link to the curriculum you are working too, using the new learning strands to show you the curriculum relevance of the courses;

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and well-being
  • Humanities
  • Languages, literacy and communication
  • Mathematics and numeracy
  • Science and technology
  • Digital competence

Each course will provide the theory and practical skills you need and the confidence to deliver curriculum-linked outdoor learning safely and will provide ideas for assessment in outdoor learning.

Times and Prices

PDT Training and Education run a series of CPD sessions throughout the academic year (see Courses at a Glance). Additionally we can deliver tailor-made sessions for groups of teachers, youth workers or play specialists based on your requirements. (see Tailor-Made Courses)

This year we’re offering Twilight sessions, 1/2 day and 1 day courses to increase and re-vitalise your outdoor teaching skills.

Twilight 3.45 – 5.30pm    £25

  ½ Day 10am – 1pm        £50

Full  Day 10am – 3pm      £75

What should I opt for?

Twilight sessions will provide and insight and introduction into a range of disciplines and skills interweaving the new Welsh Curriculum into outdoor learning.  They will be mainly practical sessions, where you will build your confidence in delivering activities with your client group. There will also be opportunities for skill-share and networking. In addition the 1/2 Day and full day courses provide more practical ideas, backed up with theory and support material.

LNF in the outdoors – Seasons.

Phase 1 

This half day session is jam packed with outdoor activities related to the curriculum. It has been tailored to link to the Foundation Phase Literacy and Numeracy framework. We run four seasonal based sessions which demonstrate how you can use the seasons as a vehicle for the LNF. We aim to offer opportunities to enhance work covered in the classroom without the need for expensive resources. Activity e-pack included.

Dates: 26th September 2017, 14th November 2017, 27th February 2018, 24th April 2018

Time: 9am – 12noon


Location: Northop

Nature’s Harvest – Apples, Berries and Nuts, Cooking and Craft.

This course will explore Nature’s Harvest. It will provide you with essential information on what is edible, where to find it and what fabulous recipes you can use it in. The course will also cover what is not edible, what is poisonous, and creative ways that you can use various free resources that the forest provides.

Date: 3rd October 2017

Time: 3:45 – 5:30 pm


Location: Northop


LNF in the outdoors – Nature in Words and Numbers

Phase 2 

If you have attended our Seasonal Outdoor LNF Phase 1 and enjoyed it, you will love this. Supplied on request, this full day course is a step up from the short sharp high number of activities provided in phase one. We aim for it to be a more in-depth look at the Literacy and Numeracy framework. This will give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves completely in scenarios and activities tailored to different groups and used throughout the school year. It is an extension of Phase 1.

Dates: 10th October 2017 , 6th March 2018

Time: 10am – 3pm

Price: £75

Location: Northop

Conker Coding

Digital competency becomes as important and literacy and numeracy next year. This course will introduce you to some digital principles without anything digital. At the end of this course you will be able to lead simple computer coding and DCF linked activities in the outdoors.

Dates: 24th October 2017, 28th March 2018

Time: 9 – 11:30 am

Price: £50

Location: Northop