Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
LOPC has been awarded the Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) for the standard of activity provision delivered to School groups.
The LOtC Quality Badge is intended to assist schools in identifying external LOtC providers who deliver good quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively. It is the nationally recognised indicator of good quality educational provision
The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge is an easily recognisable and trusted national award for all types of providers of LOtC throughout the UK. It covers both learning provision and safety.
The LOtC Quality Badge means that the holder has passed a robust assessment designed to ensure that they are meeting schools' learning and risk management needs, no matter what activities they offer. Consequently The Quality Badge reduces the ‘red tape’ involved in planning educational visits by providing a single accreditation demonstrating that a provider meets national standards
Both Leicester City and Leicestershire County Local Authorities recommend the use of LOtC Quality Badge holders to all their Schools Establishments and Groups.
The local Outdoor Education Advisers advise schools and other establishments that it is unnecessary to require providers to supply information which has already been assessed by the Quality Badge accreditation process.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom have put together an information document outlining what you can expect when using a LOtC Quality Badge accredited provider, and the benefits of doing so. This can be printed off and incorporated into your health and safety procedures or LOtC/educational visits policy. It can be viewed here.
The Quality Badge website can be viewed here.
More information can be found from the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel here.