East Kent and London
Cath Prisk is a passionate advocate for children outdoors - playing, learning, exploring - and an expert in supporting schools, families and community groups to help more children be outdoors more often.
Previously a primary school teacher, Cath was deputy head of a large inner-city children’s centre, Director of Play England, campaigning for children’s play, and for five years led the schools-based Outdoor Classroom Day campaign worldwide. In 2014 she set up Outdoor People, a social enterprise helping children, families and schools get outdoors more, focussed on East London. Cath has published several research papers on children’s outdoor play and learning and has delivered training, workshops and conferences on all aspects of children being outdoors, both in-person and online, in the UK, the USA, Europe and Canada.
She first saw an OPAL primary school in 2008 and was totally blown away by the happiness, business and sheer joy in evidence on an ordinary damp Tuesday. She is now delighted to be an OPAL mentor, to directly support the most influential people in children’s lives - their teachers and schools.
Cath has lived in Hackney for over twenty years and recently moved to Whitstable, Kent.