Out to Play CPD Workshop

 “I hadn’t realised the power of imagination within outdoor learning. Really informative session, lots of ideas to start with. Thank you.” Irene Boyle, Corpus Christi Primary

During the Out to Play pilot project in 2015, Drama Artist Ben Mali Macfadyen collaborated with teachers and pupils in 4 partner schools across Glasgow to explore the role of Drama, Storytelling and Creativity within Outdoor Learning in a project called Out to Play.  Over 13 weeks, 283 Pupils took part in creative outdoor learning sessions, with Teachers having the opportunity to co-lead sessions with the Drama Artist and lead their own sessions, utilizing new skills in combining drama & storytelling with outdoor learning.

At the end of the residencies, CPD Workshops were delivered to the wider community of primary school teachers in Glasgow, sharing best practice and offering ideas and creative learning techniques on embedding drama and storytelling within outdoor learning. 93 enthusiastic primary teachers from across 33 Glasgow Primary Schools took part, using their imaginations to explore playgrounds, play games and listen to some special storytelling.

Due to the success of these CPD sessions, Eco Drama have continued offering Out to Play CPD Workshops to schools across Scotland during our 4 year full scale project 2017-2021, which to date has reached 688 Teachers, Early Years Practitioners and Educators and will continue throughout 2021-2023.

During the 2 hour session, teachers will explore how to integrate outdoor learning into the school curriculum and how to utilise creative learning methods such as drama, storytelling, song and movement in order to engage learners with the natural environment. Sessions are tailored to the unique environment of each school playground or setting.

Participating teachers will also leave with their very own Out to Play Outdoor Learning Resource Pack.

To enquire about up and coming dates in your area, or to book an Out to Play CPD Workshop for all teachers delivered at your school, please contact us to discuss your requirements. We also deliver an Early Years Out to Play CPD workshop, and can tailor a CPD session for complex support needs staff, as well as educators in non-school settings such as out of school care settings.


“Best CPD event I have been to in ages.” Catriona Brown, Battlefield Primary

“Excellent ideas and superb resource which I intend to use ASAP.” Ellie Henderson, Knightswood Primary

“Lots of practical ideas and activities that can be used with my class. I didn’t really have many ideas before this but now I have been provided with lots.” Nicole Stephenson, Aultmore Park Primary

“This CPD session gave me lots of good ideas on how to incorporate outdoor learning into my teaching practice.” Amanda Deary, St Maria Goretti Primary

“Very Useful. Given me confidence to try something new, out of my comfort zone!” P Dunn, Shawlands Primary

“Great workshop – very easy ideas that can be transferred into practice easily.” Stephanie Hughes, Carolside Primary

“Feel more confident than before with more practical ideas/activities to use.” Jennifer Sluman, Merrylee Primary

“Loved it! Ben was excellent. Great ideas, great presenter!” Teacher, Shawlands Primary

“Outdoor learning is an area that I need to develop and this CPD has given me the confidence and skills to take my class out.” Marelle Sturrock, Sandwood Primary

“Fantastic workshop. Ben is inspirational.” Jane Johnston-Smith, Eaglesham Primary