Juliet is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants who specialises in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organisations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people.
Juliet also works at an international level providing inspiring and engaging presentations and training everywhere. In the past two years alone, she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. She provided the kickstart training for the first outdoor nurseries in Lithuania and worked with universities and schools in Spain and Belgium.
After years of ghost writing and public blogging, Juliet is now an author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors – published in 2014. Order your copy here. (Thank you very much). She is currently writing Messy Outdoor Maths which will be available in 2017.
Have a look at the Projects and Partnerships page to see the breadth and diversity of her work over the past few years.
Juliet’s interest in working with children outdoors began back in 1986 with a gap year during an Environmental Science degree. During this time, she volunteered in the community and green sectors and worked at an urban environmental education centre in Philadephia, USA. Before entering teaching she was a self-employed archaeologist and a seasonal assistant countryside ranger.
As a primary school teacher, Juliet continued to do a variety outdoor activities with children on a frequent and regular basis. She took children for weekly visits to the local woods and kickstarted a school grounds development work. In conjunction with local rangers she set up a lunchtime Wildlife Watch Club. In 1995, she had a year-long teaching exchange to an outdoor centre in Ontario, Canada. This was a wonderful year and sowed the seeds of many ideas to come.
From 1998 to 2007, Juliet was a head teacher of three different schools, ranging in size from 6 to 270 pupils. Her international experience continued with study visits and educational trips to Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway and Bulgaria which focused on outdoor, environmental and sustainable development themes.
Since becoming a consultant, Juliet has been able to continue meeting and exchanging ideas with other professionals in the UK and world-wide
This has included:
- Playing an active role in the Real World Learning Partnership.
- Being a member of the Geography Collective which developed Mission Explore website and books.
- A featured member of Children and Nature Network Connect.
- Joining Independent Thinking Limited (ITL) as an Associate.
- Working closely with Cosy, a Derby-based educational resource company who have a commitment to providing open-ended and flexible resources that are great value for money.
- 2008 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study Technologies Outdoors.
In 2011 Juliet became the first Scottish person to become an International Skogsmulle Leader. She is always willing to answer queries about the Swedish equivalent of “Forest School” and to pass on details about whom to contact in Sweden for more information.
Since the end of 2016, Juliet works on a part-time temporary basis for Cosy. If have ideas for good value products that would make difference to children and educators lives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a Keynote Speaker?
In addition to all the support, training and advice, Juliet is available for keynote speeches and conference work
Juliet has presented at many local and national events during the past few years. Get in touch for more information about keynote speeches and conference work.
Recent presentations have included:
- South Downs National Park Outdoor Learning Conference, April 2016 Theme: Dirty Teaching
- Upstart Aberdeen launch, March 2016 Theme: Upstart and Outdoor Learning
- Edinburgh City Council, March 2016 : Theme: Concrete Jungles, Nature Play
- East Ayrshire Dirty Teaching weekend, March 2016 Theme: Dirty Movies
- Aberdeen City & Shire Outdoor Learning Festival, February 2016: Theme: Dirty Teaching
Juliet’s presentation at the inaugural meeting of the Active Outdoor Network was excellent. I’d heard Juliet speak before on Curriculum for Excellence – which although exciting, I hear other speakers turn it into dry lists, levened with moral imperatives. On that occasion, Juliet brought the curriculum alive and showed how outdoor learning could be integral to the whole process. Juliet manages to bring some magic into the environment of learning. I think this is because she taps into the ability of natural environments to create learning opportunities out of exploration and adventure. Such opportunities can be so much more difficult to create indoors.
S Wray, Health Improvement Officer, East Lothian Council
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