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The Natural Partners Project
coming to the IDL network over the summer
Some of our colleagues interested in IDL will be aware of the Natural Partners Project, an initiative started over a decade ago by Susan McLaren at Moray House, working with the Forestry Commission, to provide new teachers on PGDE Secondary the opportunity to learn through experience about outdoor learning and sustainability through interdisciplinary teaching. Over time, the project has evolved into a rich seam for Design & Technology and Science students to engage with as part of their initial teacher education at the University of Edinburgh.
As part of that commitment to sustainability and interdisciplinarity, students produce and present a design for a substantial unit of work for children around the Broad General Education stage of their schooling, which goes beyond the limits of their own subject disciplines and which addresses sustainability and or/STEM themes. Some of their work has been showcased at the naturalpartnersproject.org, as much to provide inspiration to future students as to encourage other teachers to adapt and use their ideas as a resource for their own planning.
We are pleased to share with the IDL network that these resources will begin appearing here within the IDL network, in a section of their own, for wider dissemination, and to celebrate some of the creativity shown by student teachers.
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