Tweedmouth West First School has been recognised for its strong commitment to providing learning opportunities outside the classroom
It has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Mark (Silver) for frequent, continuous and progressive learning outdoors.
Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the LOtC Mark (Silver) accredits schools that have policies in place to ensure that high quality LOtC is available to all pupils, and that all areas of the curriculum have an element of LOtC embedded in them.
Anne Robertson, head teacher, said: “Being awarded LOtC Mark (Silver) is a real coup for all the staff and governors here as it shows that we are really making strides in providing our pupils with potentially life-changing opportunities.
“We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award to continue to improve our LOtC provision.”
A LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports, the development of learning outside the classroom across all subject areas.
Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
Schools and other educational organisations looking to gain LOtC Mark (Silver) will need to meet a set of five quality indicators and will be supported through a developmental process by a package of support materials, which include guidance, good practice exemplars, downloadable templates and training materials.
Beth Gardner, chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “Learning outside the classroom provides the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life.
“LOtC Mark (Silver) demonstrates that the school is committed to delivering genuinely valuable learning outside the classroom experiences to all of their children and young people, and to continuing to develop that provision. Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits. I congratulate Tweedmouth West First School on being awarded LOtC Mark (Silver).”