education outside the classroom is of significant benefit to students.
Academic fieldwork clearly enhances the teaching of science and
geography, but other subjects such as history, art and design and
citizenship can also be brought to life by high quality educational visits.
Group activities, which may include adventurous expeditions, can
develop social skills and give self-confidence. Furthermore, outdoor
education has a key role to play in the social inclusion agenda, offering children who may not otherwise have the opportunity the simple chance to experience the countryside, or other parts of our heritage that many others take for granted. (Select Committee, 2005, p. 7