For teachers

Education officer with pupilsWe aim to help provide an experience in the Broads for every child within 5km of the Broads Executive Area during their schooling.

The Authority delivers its education programme with the help of many partners, including the Country Trust, the Engage Trust, the How Hill Trust, Whitlingham Charitable Trust and charities such as the RSPB and Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts.

Broads discovery activities

The Broads Authority offers bespoke Broads National Park-related education packages and courses particularly in the outdoor environment  covering:

  • practical environmental conservation work
  • ecological, geographical and environmental fieldwork

We offer outdoor learning sessions to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, communication and team-building skills within the spectacular environment of the Broads National Park, with most activities based at Whitlingham Country Park on the edge of Norwich.

Activities are suitable for children and young people aged five to adult (key stages 1-4, A level and further education).

We work towards specific educational requirements as agreed individually with groups, including enrichment and nurture sessions for any particular learning needs. We aim to ensure that all learning delivery is enjoyable, engaging and stimulating.

Courses can be linked to curriculum delivery in a wide variety of subjects with knowledge and skills gained practically applied in fieldwork, conservation and construction projects.

Activities include:

  • lake dipping
  • water cycle game
  • mini-beast safari (land-based, best May to October)
  • meadow and woodland habitats discoveries
  • wildlife, habitats, tree explorers and geocaching trails
  • introduction to water safety (land-based); boat trip on Whitlingham Great Broad on solar boat Ra
  • practical conservation work: scrub-bashing (September to March); hay-raking (July to September)
  • marshman's tools quiz
  • fire-starting; charcoal-burning; shelter-building (campfire optional)

In-school learning activities are available, and introductory and follow-up resources, together with in-service training opportunities for teachers.

We offer learning experiences from 30 minutes in school to structured programmes which can last for a school term. The duration of all activities is flexible, to meet individual needs. Please contact us for details of costs.

We also offer the John Muir Award scheme and practical opportunities relevant to GCSE and A-level qualifications, particularly in geography and science, but also across the full curriculum.

Work experience placements are available for students in years 10 and 12.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Broads Curriculum

Together with the Broads Environmental Education Network we are developing a Broads Curriculum. This will provide teachers with web-based resources to inspire and teach students about the importance of the Broads and will assist in the delivery of National Curriculum objectives.

Our first three packs are:

  • Geldeston Lock - source material and activity sheets for school students at key stage 2 with elements of literacy, science, geography, history, and art and design
  • For Peat's Sake - a national project aimed at involving GCSE and A-level students in the monitoring of peat resources within the Broads and investigating the role peat plays in carbon storage
  • Love your Local Landscape - assists teachers in delivering a project at key stages 1 and 2 that will help youngsters understand the idea of landscape in the Broads and experience it directly

Outdoor enrichment and engagement opportunities

Forest school at WhitlinghamOutdoor enrichment and engagement opportunities at Whitlingham Country Park, on the outskirts of Norwich, aim to give children and young people aged seven to 16 a taste of success and achievement.

Qualified staff teach practical skills for countryside and conservation management, and help them discover the wildlife that lives in the park.

Children from urban areas take part in practical conservation and estate work, discovery activities, tool-making and bushcraft. Younger children revel in the freedom to build dens and cook outdoors.

In this outside space and through fun activities they learn numeracy, literacy and communication skills as well as teamwork, problem-solving, risk management and practical skills, and develop vital self-esteem.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more, or take a look at our Education Strategy.