How I can help support and services

Tailored, Sustainable,Outstanding

"The depth of Anita's knowledge, understanding and experience truly qualify her as an "expert" in the use and improvement of school grounds for children's learning and development. Her insight and creative thinking, coupled with an empathy for individual's preferred learning styles, make her a highly effective trainer and facilitator; whilst her professional approach and proven track record for project management and delivery will assure the success of even the most challenging projects." Gary Burn, Managing Director, Whole Campus Learning

The aim of School Grounds North East is to support individuals, schools and settings in how they design, use and manage their outside spaces, to maximise their potential for learning and play, and ultimately to help them achieve outstanding outdoor provision.

We work with all members of the school community – staff, pupils, parents, governors – providing support in a number of ways depending on the needs and aspirations of the school. Every school is different – different buildings, different grounds, different staff, different pupils. There is no ‘one size fits all’, and so all advice and support is tailored.

School Grounds North East can work with individual classes, year groups, key stages, whole schools or families of schools and create a range of services to suit your situation, whether you are looking to develop your whole site, or think about how to increase and improve your learning outside the classroom.

Support options include:

  • Training – full day, half day or twilight; whole school, key stage or subject specific; teaching or non-teaching staff. Example training sessions include:
    • Introduction to the use, design and management of your school grounds
    • Taking the curriculum outside
    • Making the most of your school grounds
    • Outdoor learning and play in the early years

“I found this course extremely useful and inspirational”            “Thank you for a very motivating and informative training day” Primary Teachers participating in a ‘Taking the Curriculum Outside’ training course

  • Site visits – full or half day to explore your site and suggest ways of helping you achieve your plans for your school grounds. A full written report is also available to summarise findings from the visit, provide further information and suggest ways forward.
  • Meetings, workshops and activities – for staff and pupils addressing all ages, subjects and curriculum areas (Darras Hall First School case study)
  • Curriculum planning and support – to help individual or groups of teachers explore how to enhance and deliver the curriculum by learning and teaching outside (Stephenson Memorial SchoolDHFS Early Years case studies)
  • Project development and management – with classes, year groups, whole schools (Darras Hall First School Case Study) or groups of schools (Churchill Community College case study)
  • Ideas, case studies and inspiration – for what might work for you in your school grounds
  • Fundraising support – developing large scale bids or local support
  • Review and Evaluation – of your existing outdoor provision, or of specific projects

School Grounds North East can help you look for opportunities and solutions to create outstanding outdoor provision, whatever resources you may or may not have available.

Who are we?

“We” is really an “I” (Anita Foster) along with a network of professional and skilled individuals supporting outdoor learning and play in the grounds of schools and early years settings.

A qualified teacher, I have almost 20 years experience of Learning Outside the Classroom, most recently working as Head of National Programmes for the national school grounds charity Learning through Landscapes. I have worked with literally thousands of pupils of all ages and abilities, as well as with local authority advisors, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and members of the wider school community. Passionate about helping schools and early years settings to maximise the potential of their outside space, and linking this to all areas of the formal and informal curriculum, I work hard to ensure that your unique and specific needs are met.

And as for the practical bit:.

  • QTS and GTC registration
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure
  • Public liability and professional indemnity insurance
  • Accreditated trainer and facilitator with Learning through Landscapes
  • Assessor for the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom's LOTC Mark
  • Member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) NE Region Committee
  • 2 young children who love learning and playing outside.

For more information, please take a look at my Linkedin profile

"I have worked with Anita many times when she has been part of a team of facilitators. She is an invaluable member of any such team. She has excellent facilitation skills, develops great rapport with students and goes out of her way to exchange ideas and support other facilitators. Anita is very creative and particularly skilled at developing engaging activities which ensures her training and facilitation is always enjoyable as well as valuable."  Antoinette Oglethorpe, Leadership Development Consultant & Coach

Winning the Love Northumberland Award for Best Children's Project
Winning the Love Northumberland Award for Best Children's Project
You can make a big impact with limited resources
You can make a big impact with limited resources
Working with groups outside...
Working with groups outside...
...and inside
...and inside
A teacher absorbed in her training
A teacher absorbed in her training
Building a new Quiet Area
Building a new Quiet Area
Working with the community on a planting day
Working with the community on a planting day