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LOtC Heroes honoured at the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom 2014

Leading practitioners in the world of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) have been recognised as ‘LOtC Heroes’ at an awards ceremony at Masa Restaurant Winebar in Derby.

The Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC honour individuals and teams of people who have made a significant impact on the lives of children and young people through their commitment and dedication to providing and/or championing exciting and inspiring learning outside the classroom opportunities. Learning outside the classroom plays an important role in helping young people to achieve their goals by providing hands-on practical experiences that bring learning to life. Whether it is through fieldwork, school ground activities such as forest schools, educational visits to museums, galleries, farm activity centres, or cultural expeditions abroad, LOtC can build lasting, positive learning experiences.

(L-R) Ian McInnes, CLOtC trustee, Kate Allies, Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sarah Holt of the School Travel Organiser’s Guide

Over 3,000 people participated in the public vote to choose this year’s winners. From a shortlist of 15, the final winners were: Sue Verdeyen, Three Counties Agricultural Society, LOtC Innovator; Emma Schofield, LOtC Inspiring Educator; High Fearnley-Whittingstall, Celebrity LOtC Champion and Kate Allies, Rosliston Forestry Centre, Lifetime Achievement in LOtC sponsored by the School Travel Organiser’s Guide.

Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “I would like to congratulate all of our winners, who have changed countless lives though their work ensuring that more children can experience the world beyond the classroom walls. Learning outside the classroom raises achievement and improves behaviour. It’s about making learning fun, memorable and enjoyable and makes such a difference to all children, especially those who do not engage inside the traditional classroom environment”.

FSC is a leading provider and keen advocate of all learning outside the classroom, and holds the CLOtC Quality Badge.  See our Outdoor Classroom pages for more details

Monday, December 22, 2014