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News: Get nominating for Learning Outside the Classroom's Awards for Excellence & Innovation 2010
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has launched the third annual LOtC Awards for Excellence & Innovation. The Awards, sponsored by TUI-Student Division, recognise the commitment of educational establishments providing valuable and positive learning experiences for young people (0-19yrs) beyond the classroom.
Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) is about raising achievement through direct, hands-on, practical approaches to learning whether close to home in the school grounds or on visits to museums, art galleries, science centres and other venues.
Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Beth Gardner, explains: "Learning outside the classroom experiences are proven to raise educational attainment and play an important part in improving young people's social, emotional and personal development. We believe that every young person should have access to regular, continuous and progressive LOtC experiences. These Awards are one way of recognising excellence in LOtC provision."
Last year, Sandhill View School in Sunderland won the top national prize for its regular educational visits and creative approaches to the curriculum. TUI Student Sports Director, Edwin Doran, presented the school with the prize of a residential and commented, "It is inspiring to see such a variety of LOtC provision taking place across the country and we are proud to be associated with the Awards".
This year, the panel of judges are looking for nominations which showcase establishments that are working hard to create original and inspirational approaches to learning beyond the classroom. If you'd like to nominate an establishment or be in the running for the top national award and a trip to TUI Student Division's Chateau du Molay, click on the LOtC link for details of how to apply.