Cairngorms National Park

BIG PARK, BIG QUESTIONS

Issue 6: Learning and Inclusion

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ISSUES

  • Making the most of the National Park as a resource for outdoor learning through the curriculum and for the whole learning community, including family learning, community learning and development and adult learning; and
  • Addressing the barriers for under-represented groups to engage with the National Park. Key under-represented groups are schools from socially deprived areas, people with disabilities, young people (under 24), people in lower income/socio-economic groups and people from black and minority ethnic communities.

 90 pupils a year involved in the Junior Ranger project from the 6 secondary schools across the National Park.


 25,000 John Muir Awards have been completed through the Cairngorms National Park Authority since 2003, of which 25% of participants come from disadvantaged backgrounds.


48 leaders from black and minority ethnic communities trained through the Community Leadership Programme benefiting a further 869 people to engage with their environment.


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TARGETS / PREFERRED DIRECTION

  • Provide an opportunity for every child to visit the Cairngorms National Park during their school life to learn about and connect with the Park;
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the Park and the issues and choices involved in management of the Park; and
  • Create a Park for All that inspires a diversity of people to engage with and care for their National Park through lifelong learning.
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Number of John Muir Awards completed through the Cairngorms National Park Authority since 2007

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MECHANISMS FOR DELIVERY

Overcoming the barriers for schools and under-represented groups engaging with the Cairngorms National Park by:

  • Building relationships and developing networks through partnership working locally and strategically
  • Building commitment, confidence and competence through training leaders and staff, providing structured education programmes
  • Raising awareness and providing information through developing and promoting learning resources
  • Providing practical support through the travel grant scheme and officer support
  • John Muir Award
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Origin of schools and groups who received the travel grant to visit the Cairngorms National Park

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ISSUE 6 | KEY QUESTIONS

  • How can children across Scotland have the opportunity to visit and learn from being in the Cairngorms National Park?

  • What else could be done to help underrepresented groups visit and experience the National Park?

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