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Somerset Outdoor & Residential Learning Service (SORLS).
Outdoor learning, enrichment courses, day visits & holiday activities for schools, youth groups & individuals.
Somerset Outdoor and Residential Learning Service (SORLS) consists of four residential, outdoor education centres. We have Kilve Court, the Outdoor Centre, Great Wood on the Quantocks and Charterhouse on the Mendip Hills. The service was founded over 50 years ago and has continuously provided learning in the environment and away from the classroom.

With a strong emphasis on community and with a heart for Somerset, we provide residential courses for schools, youth groups and individuals who wish to learn and explore in a new environment.

The service offers tailored outdoor learning experiences, day visits and holiday activities and is well respected nationally for its enrichment courses for more able students. These programmes focus on challenging learners to look at the subject in a new light, improving school attainment and supporting classroom learning.

SORLS exists to enable young people to undertake outdoor learning to expand their horizons and enrich their lives and is happy to mix adventure, personal and social values and education together in order to do so.

To browse all upcoming training and events, please click on the ‘Training’ tab at the top of the page.
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Training & Events

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22 Aug
Local Authority Childminder Training - Session 1
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Attendees will be required to familiarise themselves with the EYFS Statutory Requirements prior to attending the training. This will be available to all learners to download from the training page once their place has been confirmed.
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22 Aug
Local Authority Childminder Training - Session 2
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Attendees will be required to familiarise themselves with the EYFS Statutory Requirements prior to attending the training. This will be available to all learners to download from the training page once their place has been confirmed.
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23 Aug
Children's Activity Day at Kilve Court
Activities may include: abseiling, archery. beach exploration, high ropes course, team challenges, shelter building and much more! You can download the programme for the day (attachment for the course). Please complete the forms that are downloadable from this page, and send to kilvecourt@somerset.gov.uk at least 4 weeks before the start of the course.
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01 Sep
Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) PGCE
PGCE (Primary and Primary with Early Years Specialism) The PGCE is a one year postgraduate course (validated by the University of Worcester) and will prepare you for teaching in either Primary (5-11) age range or Primary with Early Years Specialism (3-7) age range. The course runs in line with the School terms in Somerset. The approximate breakdown is 65% placement experience and 35% taught sessions. You will have three placements during the training year, SCIL organise theses placements for trainees. Whilst we endeavour to limit the traveling time, as Somerset is a rural county you may have to travel up to 1 hour 30 minutes to your placement, however most placements are within 1 hour travel time. You will be in a minimum of two settings, in the following age ranges: Primary - reception/KS1, lower KS2, upper KS2. There will be a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods including lectures, workshops, peer group activities, seminars, directed reading, independent research, directed study, presentations, tutorials, field work and use of both formative and summative assessment which will draw on evidence, reflection, analysis and evaluations.
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01 Sep
Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) School Direct
School Direct routes: School Direct salaried and non-salaried - based in Somerset, working in partnership with Heathfield Community School School Direct non-salaried - based in North Somerset, working in partnership with Golden Valley Primary School School Direct non-salaried - based in North Somerset, working in partnership with Beach Teaching School Alliance (Bournville Primary School) School Direct non-salaried - based in Devon, working in partnership with Ventrus (The Duchy School). There will be a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods including lectures, workshops, peer group activities, seminars, directed reading, independent research, directed study, presentations, tutorials, fieldwork and use of both formative and summative assessment which will draw on evidence, reflection, analysis and evaluations. All School Direct trainees will be required to complete a PGCE alongside their training; this is awarded by the University of Worcester.
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