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Teacher training and school development

Our school and professional development opportunities grow from our expertise in enabling schools to become more sustainable, nature-rich and outdoor-oriented, and are grounded in Eden’s mission to connect people of all ages with the natural world, so that they better understand their place within it and can play their part in shaping the future. We deliver programmes at Eden, in your own school, and online.

What's it all about?

The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise. Our destinations and projects explore the interconnections between all living things and demonstrate the power of what people can do when they come together to protect the planet. We are passionate about outdoor learning and nature-based play as a route to nature connection, and we know that children are happier, healthier (physically, mentally and socially), and more successful as learners, if they have regular access to nature and the outdoors. That’s why we offer training and professional development opportunities to help teachers take pupils outside as part of the everyday curriculum; to inspire schools to consider their culture of learning and play, and to re-imagine the potential of their school grounds.

We aim to support teachers to become their learners’ guides to the complex future we all face. Our approach to sustainability is rooted in nature, and we work with schools on meaningfully embedding teaching and learning for sustainability into their context, whether through a focus on their curriculum, campus or community engagement. 

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Participating teacher

“The day has massively inspired me to incorporate outdoor learning into the whole curriculum.”

How we can help you

Online courses

Gather Eden inspiration for your school, wherever you are. Explore how to lead outdoor earning, or change for a more sustainable school:

Training for your school or MAT 

Twilights, half- or full-day courses delivered in our beautiful indoor or outdoor learning spaces at the Eden Project, in your own school or online. Choose from a range of courses or speak to us about your specific needs. Find out more about these training options.

Curriculum consultancy

Struggling for outdoor inspiration? Not sure how to embed nature-based and sustainability-focused approaches into your curriculum? Following an initial discussion, our online consultation will help you plan a programme to meet your curriculum and school-specific needs. Find out more about consultancy.

School grounds development 

If you're dreaming of a new ethos at school where children learn and play outside, with the full support of parents, in a vibrant school grounds filled with inspiration and creativity, this is for you. We can help you with longer term school grounds development visioning, design and build.
 

What you'll get out of it

All our teacher training and school development packages are designed to be:

  • Empowering and practical. Our sessions balance time exploring activities and ideas with theoretical discussion. We can help you to meet your targets, build a ‘whole school’ ambition and get things like stakeholder buy-in and health and safety right.
  • Creative and fun. Time and tasks focused on exploring new approaches and creative ideas is balanced with a strong theoretical foundation based on sound research.
  • Realistic. We are experienced educators who have worked with many schools; we understand the pressures of teaching. We can help you to meet your targets and get things like health and safety right.
  • Tailored to your needs and context - whether it takes the form of a full day or a series of twilights, whether it's cross-curricular or subject focused.

Find out how we've helped two primary schools in Cornwall introduce a culture of outdoor learning: