Chris Sweetman

Overall I have 40 years experience in participating in land navigation activities. In 2017 I celebrated 40 years as a member of the Long Distance Walkers Association. Back in the 1980’s I completed six of this organisations 100 mile events and was one of the organisers’ for their White Peak 100 mile event in 1988.

In the last 25 years I have been a teacher of outdoor adventure based skills in the Further Education sector. Early in my teaching career I gained the Mountain Leader Award. In addition to this qualification I have an MSc in Recreation Management from Loughborough University and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from Nottingham Trent University. I am currently an Internal Quality Assurance Lead for an FE college in the East Midlands with responsibilities for AIM Awards Access to HE Diplomas and Pearson BTEC qualifications and also an Edexcel Lead Internal Verifier.

Being a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society has opened opportunities for personal development.

Within this Blog will be my thoughts on land navigation, education and techniques covering both areas. Currently I am interested in developing a concept based teaching approach for adventure activities.

Published work

Contributor to two #UKFEChat FE Guides:

Want to get the best from your students? Show them the great outdoors published on-line by Times Educational Supplement on 26th October 2015 – link:

Land navigation, coaching concepts – link to my article published in the Institute of Outdoor Learning Horizons magazine issue number 73 Spring 2016:

Puddles And Biodiversity published on-line by imaginED education that inspires learners of all ages on 24th October 2017 – link:

Conference presentations

Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) 5th July 2016:

ResearchED FE and Vocational 3rd December 2016:


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