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Are you looking to get outside more when schools return in September?

The Department for Education has confirmed that schools can use spaces in their local community for lessons and non-residential domestic educational visits are permitted. This is great news.

73% of teachers taking part in a UK School Trips survey confirmed that they will use educational visits and trips as part of their curriculum planning for the new academic year. However, we know that people will have concerns about where is safe to visit. The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge is a national accreditation that reviews all aspects of risk management including infection control. To help reassure teachers and parents, all LOtC Quality Badge holders have provided additional confirmation that they are ‘covid-19 aware’ and are good to go.

When planning your educational visit make sure you look for the LOtC Quality Badge. There are over a thousand accredited providers across the UK ranging from parks, farms and zoos to museums, galleries and sacred places.

Take your everyday teaching outside too

Being outside dramatically reduces virus transmission rates whilst also making it easier to manage social distancing. Taking your lessons outside also significantly improves the physical and mental wellbeing of your pupils. Learning outside the classroom is a vital tool to helping support pupils rebuild relationships and re-engage with learning when they return in September.

If you need additional support in taking your learning outside the classroom, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has put together a free guide outlining what you need to consider when moving beyond the classroom walls. Designed to give teachers greater confidence, the guide also includes a toolkit for you to use to review, plan and evaluate your learning outside the classroom, ensuring you and your pupils get the most from these experiences. Download your free guide today.

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Where to get more information and advice

For more advice, guidance and support to take your learning outside the classroom visit the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom www.lotc.org.uk

CLOtC provides schools with the support needed to deliver learning experiences beyond the classroom. We do this through providing high-quality resources, training and nationally recognised accreditations for providers of these services.

CLOtC is leading a sector-wide campaign to increase awareness and understanding of the value and importance of learning in different places and spaces. The need to support schools and families take play and learning safely and effectively beyond the classroom has never been greater; and the benefits of learning outside of the classroom - at home, in school grounds, or in local spaces - have never been so important. Find out more about our campaign and plan to help more schools take learning inside out.


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