Resources for teachers

This section links teachers to resources to help them teach orienteering.

The basic introduction videos from the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) are a good place to start – see the New to Orienteering pagesBeginner

The Suggested Reading and Resources pages link to useful websites, free resources, videos and downloads. Relevant material on those pages is not all repeated here.

The free downloads and other videos throughout this website, Better Orienteering, will be helpful as secondary school pupils progress if they try orienteering races and begin to develop their navigation beyond a school introduction.

The British Schools Orienteering Association has a range of helpful resources

As of 2019 they have 3 free downloads:

  • Teaching orienteering in schools
  • Tri-O Orienteering made easy
  • Orienteering lesson plans


This IOF summary is quite handy:

Teaching orienteering well

No previous experience? Some of the resources linked to in this section say they can be used even if you have no previous experience of orienteering. However, if you want to teach orienteering in schools, the most valuable thing you can do is to have a go at orienteering yourself. See the section New to Orienteering – Where Can I Try Orienteering? I suggest you work through the Beginner section of this website, then go and try orienteering.

No-one would expect to teach someone else to play the piano if they can’t play it themselves. Its the same with map reading and orienteering, they are skills that must be learnt by doing.

Many top level orienteers in the UK first encountered orienteering through teachers who got them excited about a challenging sport. However, far too many people I have encountered say they have “done orienteering” on a poor out of date map, with controls hung in the wrong places that don’t match the map and it put them off ever trying it again.

If you are reading this I assume you want to teach orienteering well and would be delighted if some of your pupils take up a hobby that can bring them enjoyment and appreciation of the natural environment whilst keeping them fit. So, if you have suggestions for resources and ideas that have helped you teach orienteering well, please do share them (see Contact page) and they can be added to Better Orienteering.

Helpful books and guides for teachers

Goran Andersson ‘Cool, Awesome and Educational, Part 1- Orienteering at school for ages 6-12’, Silva

Goran Andersson ‘Cool, Awesome and Educational, Part 2- Orienteering at school for ages 13-15 88 pages of explanation and practice exercises. This is a really helpful publication.

Both Part 1, 6-12 and Part 2, 13-15 include a range of exercises and activities that are ready to use and a thorough explanation of basic orienteering and map reading

Here are some example pages showing some of the exercises. (Thanks for permission from Goran Andersson to include these):

See link below for access at Issuu:

Read for free at Issuu.com

Printed copies available from bmlprint.co.uk,

Goran Andersson (2017) Cool, Awesome and Educational, Orienteering in simple English

Includes a range of excellent exercises and activities that are ready to use and a thorough explanation of basic orienteering and map reading

read for free at Issuu.com (see link below)

Francis Stone (2019) Schools orienteering – How to develop orienteering activities in primary and secondary schools,

available at British Schools Orienteering Association website

Carol McNeill and Tom Renfrew (2003) ‘Start orienteering‘, available at Harveymaps

A series of 4 guides for different age groups to assist introducing and teaching orienteering.

Orienteering Associations around the world have produced resources to teach orienteering. Links to some associations are under the Useful websites on orienteering and other resources page