This week, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) launches the 3rd annual LOtC Awards for Excellence & Innovation. The Awards, sponsored by TUI-Student Division, recognise the commitment of educational establishments providing valuable and positive learning experiences for young people (0-19yrs) beyond the classroom.
Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) is about raising achievement through direct, hands-on, practical approaches to learning that bridge the gap between theory and reality. Whether it takes place in the school grounds, on visits to museums, art galleries or farms; through adventure activities or on cultural exchanges abroad, LOtC is a powerful tool that adds value to classroom learning and offers rich, memorable experiences to young people.
Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Beth Gardner, explains: "Learning outside the classroom experiences are proven to raise educational attainment and play an important part in improving young people's social, emotional and personal development. We believe that every young person should have access to regular, continuous and progressive LOtC experiences. These Awards are one way of recognising excellence in LOtC provision."
Last year, competition for the Awards was fierce with Sandhill View School in Sunderland scooping the top national prize for its determination to get all of its students out and about through regular educational visits and creative approaches to the curriculum. TUI Student Sports Director, Edwin Doran, presented the school with a generous prize of a tailor-made residential and commented 'it is inspiring to see such a variety of LOtC provision taking place across the country and we are proud to be associated with the Awards'.
This year, the panel of judges are looking for nominations which showcase establishments that are working hard to create novel, innovative and inspirational approaches to learning beyond the classroom. If you'd like to nominate an establishment or set a shining example and be in the running for the top national award and a trip to TUI Student Division's Chateau du Molay, click here for details of how to apply.