Learning Outside of the Classroom (LOtC) – Bronze Award
Boothstown Methodist Primary School is commended for its commitment to learning outside the classroom.
Here at Boothstown we have been able to demonstrate our strong commitment to providing genuinely valuable ‘learning outside the classroom experiences’ for our pupils by achieving a national Learning Outside the Classroom Mark (Bronze).
Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the LOtC Mark accredits those schools that have a strong awareness of the benefits of providing frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC experiences to all pupils and have begun to integrate varied opportunities into the life of the school.
Being awarded LOtC Mark 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. Our journey started back in 2014 with our ‘Boothstown at its Best’ project, where together with parents and governors, we identified learning beyond the classroom as an element we would all like to develop. I am proud of everyone involved but particularly the staff who, with the support of Miss Taylor, have taken this element of development under their wing. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award, ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences during their time here at Boothstown Methodist.
LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports, the development of learning outside the classroom across all subject areas, whether it be via the use of our school grounds or the wide range of quality visits, residential and other such experiences that we provide.
Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning (OFSTED, Learning Outside the Classroom – How far should you go?).
I congratulate all our school community on being awarded LOtC Mark (Bronze) and for Mrs Yates for collating and submitting a comprehensive and successful application.
To see more about how we achieved this award visit our web page www.boothstownmethodistschool.co.uk/learning-outside-the-classroom