The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres

Committed to championing high quality outdoor learning at all levels AHOEC is an association that represents over 170 outdoor organisations, centres and providers across the UK.

Outdoor Education Centres are being Forced to Close Forever

Save Outdoor Education.  30 centres are already shut with 20 more under immediate threat. 6,000 jobs already lost and 2 million children have missed out on visits. Residenital centres have been closed since March 2020 due to Government guidance advising against school overnights.

We need your help as an outdoor instructor, teacher, parent, pupil or concerned party. As updated on 28th January 2021, please write to your MP and ask them to join the APPG for Outdoor Learning, write to the Department for Education, follow and share @saveoutdoored or #saveoutdoored and sign our petition to Parliament for the UK. 
For more information on our current plight from the Government’s continued advice preventing overnight educational visits please see the News Page

AHOEC for members

The AHOEC is an association of leaders in outdoor learning – most of these leaders hold senior positions in outdoor education provision across the UK. Members come from statutory, private and charity sectors as well as the wider educational community.

AHOEC for schools and group leaders

Breaking down the barriers. Our members are here to help group leaders prepare and plan outdoor education based visits by providing a measured and appropriate approach to the management of risk, an approach supported by RoSPA and the HSE.

AHOEC for change

As a branch of the National Association of Head Teachers, AHOEC seeks to influence outdoor education policy-making by working together with other sector organisations and provides professional advice for members.

Find a member / provider

Use this to find both members, centres and quality providers throughout the United Kingdom

AHOEC Membership

The AHOEC is an association of leaders in outdoor learning – most of these leaders hold senior positions in outdoor learning provision and centres across the UK. Members come from statutory, private and charity sectors as well as the wider educational community.