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Secondary Outdoor Education

  A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Zenith Leisure are proud to be able to work alongside the academies and schools of the North East, delivering unique and bespoke packages of outdoor education. Using the passion and skills of our instructors, we truly take learning outside of the classroom.

At Zenith we have experience using a variety of outdoor adventurous activities as a vehicle to learning outside of the classroom:

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ASDAN Wider Key Skills – L1/L2 (Suitable for KS3 and KS4)

Wider Key Skills are skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general. They are:

  • Working with Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving

Evidence for the Key Skills may be drawn from work undertaken within: GCSE, GCE, AVCE, GNVQ and NVQ Qualifications; ASDAN programmes; work experience; employment; voluntary or youth work.

At Zenith Leisure, we offer ASDAN qualifications built around a range of outdoor adventurous and HSE approved qualifications. We use wider key skills to evidence the achievements of the hard to reach, and to enrich the learning experience of the gifted and talented.

The Key Skills qualifications aim to develop and recognise each candidate’s ability to apply these skills in ways that are appropriate to different contexts and to improve the quality of their learning and performance. They are intended for everyone, and every program is bespoke in order to fully meet each individual learner’s needs.

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GCSE Physical Education

We have experience in delivering various activities as a part of GCSE PE, and can deliver, observe or assess many different activities – please contact us for further details.

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BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport

Zenith Leisure have developed a specific annual Outdoor Education program to work with the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport. This program has been tried and tested and runs very well in various secondary settings. This qualification gives a wide range of young people the ability to challenge themselves in a constructive and very rewarding way.

The 15-Credit BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the approporiate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 2 Certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and provide a vocational emphasis. The BTEC Level 2 Certificate can be built into any Outdoor Education package that involves gaining proficiency in two outdoor activities. The BTEC Level 2 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCSE.

The BTEC Level 2 Certificate is also suitable for more mature learners, who wish to follow a vocational programme of study as part of their continued professional development or who want to move to a different area of employment.

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Curriculum Enrichment

Curriculum enrichment has developed massively throughout secondary education and we feel we can play a really important part in this area. We have a variety of half-day courses, each running 6 - 8 weeks. They range from climbing to mountain biking and can all be linked to accreditation or an in-house certification. The North East has some great countryside, which allows us to venture out of school without travelling for hours. We have a variety of on-site activities to offer, including full event days to challenge or just for fun! We also have a mobile climbing wall, team building activities and on-site mountain biking skills course, as well as many other activities. Using Zenith Leisure's imagination, innovation skill and experience, there is a great deal that can be done on a school site; expanding young peoples' comfort zones and improving their physical ability and confidence.

A journey is a person in itself, no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us. - John Steinbeck

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Cross Curriculum Learning

We are true advocates of taking learning outside of the classroom. With a whole range of exploration and discovery based activities, from canoeing, walking, coasteering and cycling, we can help to take your students right into the heart of their subject matter. We are currently developing geography and biology field visists and studies with our clients - but do not feel limited by this. If its outdoor, we can accommodate it.

Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. - David Polis

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Addressing Challenging and Difficult Behaviour/Developing Young People

Adventurous experiences out-of-doors are perceived to kindle the enthusiasm of the young, to develop their concern for others, for their community and for the environment. Such experiences provide the means of self-discovery, self-expression and enjoyment which are at once both stimulating and fulfilling. It thus emerges that, for young people and adults alike, Outdoor Adventure is perceived as a vehicle for building values and ideals, for developing creativity and enterprise, for enhancing a sense of citizenship, and for widening physical and spiritual horizons. - Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine, KC, CBE, DSO

With many years experience working with young people from all backgrounds, Zenith Leisure have successfully delivered activity packages designed to re-engage those who struggle with main stream education, and to develop the life skills of our most vulnerable learners. Our bespoke packages encourage team work, communication and life skills, whilst our ability to treat each learner as an individual allows us to build bridges and overcome barriers with our young people.

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves. - Andre Gide

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Residential Experiences

Zenith leisure are able to create bespoke residential package to suit the needs of any organisation. In the past year we have conducted residential packages for groups from 3 - 300 in number. Please contact us for more detail.

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For further information or if you have any questions please get in touch via the contact page.

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