We are calling for policy makers to produce guidance to schools stating that at least an hour of lesson time per day should be spent outdoors.
Why are we asking for this?
Being connected to nature is widely known to improve physical health, wellbeing and learning in young people. Being outdoors can help us to be more active, focused and can provide stimulation for new ideas. It can also help young people to apply their learning to real situations.
In terms of wellbeing, the outdoors can provide space to process difficult experiences or act as respite from busy places. By engaging in outdoor activities with others, young people can improve their communication skills and confidence through shared tasks, whilst making a positive difference to their environment and the natural world.
Our Bright Future is asking for schools to have one hour per day of lesson time outdoors.
We want to show the positive impact being outdoors can have.