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FSC Writes to new Prime Minister

The FSC recently wrote to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to congratulate him on his appointment and to let him know how we were pleased that he referred to better education in his statement to the House of Commons but that we urged him to make this issue a matter of greater urgency.

As an environmental education charity, FSC is already seeing the direct negative impact of school funding pressures with children missing out on outdoor learning residentials. Those that would benefit most, often have the least opportunity to explore the natural world and experience first-hand an inspiring environment that is so different from home.

Outdoor learning and residentials in particular deliver so many benefits both for the individual, for our society and our economy:

  • They engage learners in hands on, practical science and STEM activities from an early age with all the added fun and unpredictability that comes with studying nature outside the laboratory
  • They provide opportunities to develop social and personal skills such as team building, independence, risk taking and resilience
  • They provide a way to experience the many health and wellbeing benefits of connecting to nature, particularly for those from disadvantaged or urban backgrounds.

These valuable experiences are at risk when school funds are under pressure. As the Prime Minister works towards delivering better education and closing the opportunity gap, it is essential that all learners can benefit from outdoor residentials, not just those that can afford it.

To view the full letter click here.

Friday, July 26, 2019