Projects and teacher workshops

Projects workshop

Do you want to get your pupils outside the classroom but need some support? We can help.

Contact us and we'll happily tailor-make a workshop for teachers or group leaders which meets your needs.

This could be:

  • how to use and develop your school's grounds for different curriculum areas, for example, English, maths, science, music, history
  • how to plan fieldwork programmes effectively
  • how to teach about climate change and energy use
  • how to make your school more sustainable
  • how to use your built heritage and architecture.

Just contact us and we can discuss your needs.


£600 - full day tailor-made teacher training workshops. To include planning, preparation, resourcing and delivery. Maximum group size depends on activities and location. £20 booking fee applies.

£280 - half-day or part-day workshop or INSET. To include planning, preparation, resourcing and delivery. Maximum group size depends on activities and location. £20 booking fee applies.

Learning outside the classroom courses

We offer a series of workshops and training courses each year for teachers, teaching assistants, group leaders and Forest School leaders designed to get you and your young people learning outside the classroom. Most courses last for a morning or afternoon session and some can be combined into day long training experiences. Some of our curriculum linked courses include using your school grounds with Key Stage one and two for English, maths, science, history, geography, music, art and design as well as early years specific courses and courses introducing Forest School. Please see our learning outside the classroom courses for further information.

After attending our Maths and Geography in the school grounds courses; staff from Richardson Endowed Primary School used activities from the sessions and planned a whole "Wellie week". See what they got up to by visiting the Richardson Endowed Primary School's website (opens in a new window).

Partnership working

We get involved in a wide variety of partnership projects with many organisations and settings developing projects and learning resources. If you're interested in working with us on an environmental education project in Derbyshire please get in touch.

If your organisation would like to commission us to develop learning materials for you, deliver an educational element of a project or work with you to deliver specific learning outside the classroom activities with your groups please get in touch to find out our current commissioning charges and availability.

Previous projects have included:

Heritage projects including townscape heritage initiatives and conservation areas

We have been involved in a wide range of pupil engagement, consultation and decision making days. These include those linked to funding bids for restoration and repair works for Townscape Heritage Initiative schemes and proposed conservation areas across Derbyshire. During previous projects we have worked with Chesterfield Borough Council in Chesterfield and Brampton, Erewash Borough Council for Long Eaton, High Peak Borough Council for Glossopdale and the National Trust for Elvaston Castle and Country Park.

Biodiversity action in schools

We have developed a free-to-loan biodiversity action in schools resource box and downloadable resources to help you to measure, monitor and improve biodiversity in your school's grounds or local area. This easy-to-follow framework enables pupils to discover, learn, decision make and take action for themselves and was prepared for the Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership. For more information about the resources or if you are based in Derbyshire and wish to borrow them for free please contact us. For more information about the Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership please visit Derbyshire Biodiversity (opens in a new window).

People and peregrines

In partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust we are able to provide free-to-loan resource boxes full of cross-curriculum learning opportunities about the peregrine falcons that nest at Derby Cathedral. If you work at a Derbyshire school and wish to borrow a resource box please don't hesitate to contact us. Find out more about the Derby peregrines and watch the live feed webcams (opens in a new window).

Peak District Educators Group free Skills Share resource packs

A wide range or organisations, including Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service, and staff from across Derbyshire and the Peak District join together regularly to share best practice, outdoor skills and activities and focus on a different theme and curriculum area each time. The activities shared during the sessions are compiled by FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) into 'free to download' publications including teaching notes and resources. These activities can be used and adapted for a wide range of outdoor settings and groups. The outdoor teaching packs created so far are:

Designing sustainable neighbourhoods

The designing sustainable neighbourhoods key stage two school's education pack is available free to download. This resource pack provides the opportunity to teach young children about their local environment and education for sustainable development.

More information

To discuss any of the opportunities or resources above or to book a teachers' workshop please contact us at:

Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service
1a - 1d Market Hall
Market Square
S40 1AR

Tel: 01629 533439

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