About OutDoor Ted and Friends
Turn the pages of OutDoor Ted and Friends and join the world of Outdoor Education in an adventurous story that you can follow and even act out in the woods, your back garden, or in your home. Follow the Ted family on their quest to find a new home while making new friends who all come together to solve problems so they can live happily ever after.
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Stacey Howard has been involved in education for 20 years holding various roles after qualifying with a merit in National Diploma in Childcare and education. Stacey started on her journey predominately working in Early Years receiving ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted for her contribution to the child care and education of the children in foundation stage.
Stacey has always had a passion for sport and being an advanced teaching assistant during the school sports partnership era Stacey was able to gain level one NGB qualifications in most sports from football to tennis and TOPs sport Outdoor Adventurous Activities.
Having always enjoyed adventurous sports herself participating in everything from abseiling, kayaking, gorge walking and rock climbing to name a few Stacey developed an ethos that there was a sport out there for everyone.
The highlight of Stacey’s career came in 2014 when she was chosen by David Beckham, Darren Campbell & Jessica Ennis-Hill as Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the year after being nominated by the 10 x British inline skater Champion Jenna Downing for her work with Secondary pupils at Carlton Holy Family using the SSLFS 6 keys to success not only to influence and encourage disengaged pupils but using the 6 keys ethos mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success throughout her work in education. Stacey has appeared on Sky Game Changers TV show a number of times to show case the vast activities she brings to the pupils of Carlton Holy Family High School, you can see one of her many videos here
For many years Stacey supported school trips to educational outdoor centers such as Bewerley Park (Pately Bridge, Yorkshire) and East Barnby (Whitby, Yorkshire) and even now if she gets the opportunity to take students to these center’s she throws herself into the role.
“I have always valued the work, education and ethos that outdoor adventurous activities allow children to achieve, this is why I am passionate that bringing outdoor education to the schools can be an important step schools take into developing young minds”
After taking a role as a School Games Organizer overseeing the competition calendar for over 45 schools both primary and secondary Stacey realized that although there were over 90 competitions happening in the area non of these included opportunities for team building or outdoor adventurous activities, knowing how vital problem solving skills can be in day to day living Stacey decided to start working on the concept Outdoor Ted, KS1 & KS2 friendly outdoor education ready to be launched in September 2017. Stacey is currently in the process of writing and publishing book 2 in the OutDoor Ted series.