The LOtC Quality Badge
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the managing and overall awarding body for the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, which recognises providers offering good quality learning outside the classroom and managing risk effectively. As part of this process, the Council is working to reduce bureaucracy in schools, whilst maintaining safety and quality in learning. The LOtC Quality Badge:
- Significantly reduces red tape for teachers when planning visits, removing barriers in tangible terms
- Benchmarks effective risk management, combating cotton wool culture within schools
- Gives schools the freedom and confidence to incorporate more learning outside the classroom into the curriculum
In addition, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom ensures safety and rigorous standards in LOtC provision by:
- Maintaining stringent criteria and processes in awarding the LOtC Quality Badge, self regulated by the industry which spans 10 sectors from sacred spaces to adventurous activities and expeditions overseas
- Developing the LOtC Quality Badge package, reacting to industry demand
- Pushing up the quality of the provision, gradually raising the accreditation standard.
The initial idea for the LOtC Quality Badge was developed by the then Department for Children Schools and Families in response to widespread consultation with those involved with children and young people’s services. The consultation revealed the need for a single accreditation which could provide an assurance as to the quality of the educational experiences on offer across all sectors.
The scheme was launched on 9th October 2008 and the first awards were made from 1st February 2009. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom took over the management of the award scheme on 1st April 2009 and now has a small team of people working full time to support both providers and users as well as promoting and developing the LOtC Quality Badge in response to feedback.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a national charity existing to promote and champion learning outside the classroom so all children and young people can benefit from increased opportunities for high quality and varied educational experiences. The Council took over responsibility for the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto in April 2009.
The Council champions learning outside the classroom and encourages young people to get out and about because research shows that children learn best through real life experiences. We believe that EVERY child should be given the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up. These experiences expand the horizons of young people, opening their eyes to the wonders of areas such as art, heritage, culture, adventure and the natural world. We ensure that more young people have access to these life changing educational experiences by providing support on the ground, facilitating the sharing of best practice and promoting the benefits of LOtC in raising attainment and aspirations, reducing truancy and re-motivating those who are disengaged from their education.
The Council is the leading voice for learning outside the classroom:
- Influencing and challenging learning outside the classroom policy and practice
- Raising the profile of learning outside the classroom and promoting the benefits
- Providing support for educational and LOtC professionals, aiming for good quality learning outside the classroom that meets the needs of children and young people
CLOtC is a registered charity no. 1127802.
Registered in England and Wales as Council for Learning Outside the Classroom no. 6778701.
Registered address: Head Office, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1HW.