Our philosophy is articulated as a Biophilic Philosophy for Education the nub of which is, that education is better achieved outdoors in the natural environment or in connection with animals, than inside a classroom and promotes better mental and emotional well-being.
We believe that life generally is happier, more fulfilling and richer when lived in contact with nature and other species but is particularly so for those learners who struggle with traditional classrooms.
Specifically, our organisation has extensive research to justify the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ through understanding the science of Biophilia.
Research shows (Harper, 2014), that this approach can support the development of good 'attachments' (Bowlby, 1969) improve social and emotional wellbeing, increase motivation, engagement and academic improvement as well as for some, speech and language improvements and multiple other health benefits.
We work with schools, other groups and organisations, and individuals. We utilise our knowledge of the benefits of nature and animal connection to enhance emotional wellbeing in children and young people including those who struggle to engage in learning as well as those who do well within the mainstream.
This is The Bob - outdoor learning advocate and all round good bloke.
The Bob was the starting point of the Better Out Than In journey and our time with him has helped inspire our work and philosophy.