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Course Accreditation


  • Short courses of practically-based learning, supporting educators through the acquisition of specific skills often don't gain proper recognition for the value they can provide in improving professional standards of teaching and learning at a very practical level.
  • Active Learning provides an accreditation service which recognises the benefit of such courses and provides verifiable quality assurance for courses which don't fit easily into the National Qualifications Framework because of their duration, and practical skills base.
  • Active Learning accredits courses which support active and experiential learning for pupils and young people, through expert training of practitioners and activity leaders, we recognise the use of experiential and kinaesthetic learning, group work and reflective practice as methodologies for effective training.
  • Active Learning accreditation is based on 3 levels of practical skill acquisition:
    level 1 (8-12 hours practical-based guided learning at level of practitioner)
    level 2 (12-16 hours practical-based guided learning at level of experienced practitioner)
    level 3 (greater than 16 hours practical-based guided learning at level of advanced practitioner)

Courses Active Learning currently accredits:

  • Edible School Garden level 1
  • Edible School Garden level 2
  • Bushcraft level 1
  • Bushcraft level 2
  • Managing Risk in Outdoor Play
  • Environmental Games and Activities
  • Archery Leaders

Active Learning is able to accredit other skills acquisition courses for learning outdoors

Active Learning draws on the experience and expertise of a number of highly experienced trainers and educators in the field of learning outdoors. Stuart Lockton, founder of Active Learning, has 20 years experience of designing and delivering courses of learning outdoors, supported by his experience of assessment of practical skills. Stuart is qualified with Masters in Development Training, holds the Assessor's Award; he has delivered training and assessment for Learning through Landscapes, Grounds for Learning, Royal Horticultural Society, Royal Life Saving Society, British Canoe Union. Stuart is a member of Institute for Outdoor Learning.