Learning Outside the Classroom heroes honoured at national LOtC Awards 2018
Four leading practitioners in the world of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) have been recognised as ‘LOtC Heroes’ including Dan Riley, a programme leader here at White Hall Outdoor Education Centre. Dan was presented with the ‘LOtC Innovator Award’ sponsored by YHA and had this to say:
“Receiving the Award has had an immediate impact on STEM Adventure. It has raised its profile both within Derbyshire and Nationwide. Ultimately it will mean that more people will be able to experience STEM Adventure both at our Derbyshire Centres and further afield. We are excited to be engaged in a conversation with CLOtC about how they can facilitate sharing our vision with others.”
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. Taking learning beyond the classrooms walls – whether it is through forest schools, visits to museums, farms or activity centres or just using the school grounds or local parks – helps children to flourish and reach their potential. It makes learning relevant, breaks down barriers and builds confidence as well as engaging young people with their learning.
Kim Somerville, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said:
“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. It is clear that this year’s winners and nominees are making great strides forward to make this happen. We congratulate all the inspiring winners and shortlisted LOtC Heroes, who are helping to expand the horizons of young people.”
About the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom was launched in April 2009 and is the leading voice on learning outside the classroom issues. 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 world experiences. We want every child to have the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up.