Under The Canopy - In your School



Introducing a fresh approach to outdoor learning and achievement, internal to your school.


The benefits of taking students out of the classroom and into the natural environment are well researched and documented and the UK Government has repeated its recommendation for schools to make use of available outdoor space to reduce risk during the pandemic.


The UTC program requires use of an outdoor space within your school grounds. The UTC program is specifically designed to ensure schools can enter at a phase which suits their needs. Some schools may wish to develop their existing green spaces, where as other schools may need support in creating an outdoor learning space.

Our specialist staff will renovate the schools own garden if required or build an entirely new garden/ teaching area prior to starting. Involving students in this process will encourage ‘buy-in’ amongst students and covers a number of awardable criteria. This will be a permanent asset benefiting the whole school and facilitating future work on Government recommendations in regards to outdoor learning.

Starting the UTC program in your school


How to get involved

Phases are delivered over a term with UTC Tutors visiting your school one day each week with sessions lasting approximately three hours. There is an additional benefit of an invitation for your school to visit CEP Holly Hayes in Whitwick to enhance the learning experience with adventure and exploration of our Ancient Woodland where further ASDAN awards, exploration of applied scientific principles and group activities are on offer.


Phase 1 – Planning, designing and building an outdoor space for learning activities.

Phase 2 – Building on an existing footprint to develop an outdoor learning space.

Phase 3 – Establish a garden for horticultural and conservation learning activities.

Phase 4 – Support the existing green spaces within the school and develop horticultural and conservation learning activities.


Stage 1 – An initial meeting with your schools designated contact and a member of SLT to discuss requirements for the outside space to be used. At this stage schools will decide which phase they are in and agree, in principle, each phase of the project.

Stage 2 – A meeting with students to discuss the design of the new or restored garden/teaching area. This can involve the whole school and integrate Geography, Science, Functional skills and Art.

Stage 3 – Work begins with small groups to develop and use the site. This will be based on which phase the school begins with. Some schools will be starting from scratch with nothing whilst other schools will be looking at developing existing gardens and habitats.

Stage 4 – Courses continue with new cohorts of students or individuals starting at various points to work through challenges and toward certification.

  • Student numbers are limited to 8 per session.

  • Sessions are charged per student inclusive of registration and certification.

  • Materials for building and renovation of the garden/outdoor teaching space are charged at cost plus transportation.

  • Special design and construction requirements such as semi-permanent, covered seating areas of pergolas are quoted separately.


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