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Hampshire's outdoor learning venues are top of the class!

Thursday, 05 September 2013

Hampshire County Council's countryside sites are top of the class for learning outside the classroom.

Ten of Hampshire County Council's outdoor venues have been recognised by the Government as safe and high quality places to support children's learning in the in the great outdoors.

The venues have received The Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, an official thumbs up from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Organisations will display the badge as a signal to schools that the rich learning environments provided by the venues meet required standards.

The County Council countryside sites that have gained LOtC accreditation are:

  • Staunton Country Park, Havant.
  • Lepe Country Park, New Forest
  • Queen Elizabeth Country, East Hampshire .
  • Manor Farm Country Park, Eastleigh.
  • Royal Victoria Country Park, near Southampton
  • Basingstoke Canal.
  • Yateley Common Country Park.
  • Danebury Iron Age Hillfort, near Andover.
  • Farley Mount Country Park, Winchester.
  • Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, Fareham.
  • Calshot Activities Centre, in the New Forest.
  • Tile Barn Outdoor Centre, in the New Forest.
  • Hampshire Record Office, in Winchester.

The LOtC) Quality Badge indicates that the provider understands schools' needs and can tailor their offer to fit in with both current curriculum requirements and any specific requirements of the school.

The LOtC badge scheme is part of the government's £4.5m Out and About package which, along with the badges, provides guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits.

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, said: "Encouraging children to learn outside the classroom walls was my passion when I was teaching. The advantage of a less prescriptive national curriculum means teachers and children can take what they learn in the classroom and put it into practice outside whether its science, art, environmental studies, physical education or simply maths or English I am hoping this LOtC accreditation of our countryside sites will encourage schools to bring children out of the classroom more and enjoy the huge range of services we have to offer."

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