Laura Paterson

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As Play Scotland's OPAL Mentor for the North and East, Laura brings 13 years of experience in primary teaching. Having taught across Early, 1st and 2nd levels of Curriculum for Excellence in mainstream, ASN and nurture settings, she believes in the power of outdoor play and the positive impact it has on pupil and staff wellbeing.

Gaining professional recognition in Learning for Sustainability with the University of Edinburgh spurred Laura on to study further. She is now working towards achieving a master’s degree with the University of Dundee, specialising in Pupil Wellbeing and Innovation in Education. Believing a sustainable future lies in our connection with nature and with each other, she advocates the benefits outdoor play has on whole communities.

Before becoming a teacher, Laura worked as an interior and environmental designer across the country. Her role as OPAL mentor allows her to draw upon the diverse skill set she gained from both professions. She is eager to guide schools through their own unique journey and is always excited to see how each project develops.

In her spare time, Laura loves nothing more than going on adventures with her husband and three young children. To unwind, she loves walking and swimming in the sea with a great bunch of like-minded busy mums.

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