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

The Out to Play project develops and promotes the role of Drama, Storytelling and Creativity within Outdoor Learning and Learning for Sustainability.

Since 2015, Eco Drama has delivered in-depth residencies in 42 schools and nurseries in Glasgow and CPD with hundreds of settings across Scotland, working with over 6,500 children and young people and almost 1,800 teachers, early years practitioners and educators to date.

As part of the wider project, an Out to Play Drama Artist can deliver a 2 hour practical in-person CPD workshop to schools across Glasgow, the central belt and Scotland. This CPD is open to primary school teachers, support for learning workers, out of school care providers or any any educator working with the 5-11 age group. We also deliver CPD sessions tailored for early years practitioners.

The CPD session is delivered outdoors in the school playground for 20-25 staff members and shares best practice from the Out to Play project, offering practical ideas and creative learning techniques on embedding drama, storytelling and creativity within outdoor learning.

During the 2 hour CPD, which is most often delivered as a twilight or in-service day session, teachers explore how to integrate outdoor learning into the school curriculum, how to bring playground spaces to life 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 also leave with their very own Out to Play Outdoor Learning Resource Pack. Read some teacher testimonials below.

We currently have the following up and coming Out to Play CPD dates in 2022:

Spring-Summer 2022

Thursday 5th May (Glasgow in-service): 9.30-11.30am & 1-3pm – BOTH SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED

RESCHEDULED DATE: Tuesday 17th May 2022 – 3.30-5.30pm (host school twilight session)**This CPD session will be hosted by St Saviour’s Primary School in Glasgow, and is open to teachers and SfLW across Glasgow and surrounding areas. There are still some places available. More info HERE. To book a place, please fill out this booking form.

Tuesday 24th May – 3.15-3.30pm – 2 hour slot available for a whole school CPD session

To enquire about other 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