Teachers go wild about learning

Educators from across the Midlands learnt more about getting pupils into the great outdoors at a free OPAL conference on Saturday.

Escape from the Classroom was hosted by OPAL East Midlands in partnership with the University of Derby and Derby City Council.

Children going pond dippingCovering topics ranging from making the most of school grounds to using the local environment to teach maths, a range of workshops were held to inspire primary and secondary school teachers.

OPAL Community Scientist Lauren Gough said: “By bringing together teachers, environmental educators and organisations at this conference we hope that lasting partnerships will be formed.

“We anticipate that the skills and experiences gained at the conference will empower our teachers and educators to inspire the next generation of nature lovers.”

More than 30 organisations also exhibited at the event including the National Trust, the RSPB and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts.

It is the second time that OPAL East Midlands have hosted the free one-day conference.