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YHA gets top marks for supporting schools

YHA has once again shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Site Provider Award at 36 of its hostels across the UK. As 24 YHA hostels have already achieved the LOtC Quality Badge, the latest award means that YHA now has the greatest number of sites accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) of any organisation nationwide. A further 13 hostels are currently undergoing the LOtC Quality Badge application process and are expected to achieve the award in the near future.

Awarded by CLOtC, the LOtC Site Provider Award is a national benchmark that accredits those organisations which actively welcome schools onto their sites, ensure that the sites meet the needs of schools, and offer schools guidance and support on making the most of the LOtC experience.

YHA’s Product Development Manager Jamie Walls said: “Being awarded the LOtC Site Provider Award is a real coup for all the staff at the 36 sites accredited as it shows that we offer teachers the means to provide the type of high quality learning experiences that young people really benefit from. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people to our hostels.”

The LOtC Site Provider Award was launched in May 2012 following the success of the LOtC Quality Badge, which accredits organisations offering good quality and safe educational experiences. Whereas the LOtC Quality Badge accredits LOtC led by the provider, the new award recognises good quality sites which facilitate education to be led by schools themselves.

The LOtC Site Provider Award is awarded by the CLOtC, the national voice for learning outside the classroom. CLOtC also provides support, guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality LOtC activities. The LOtC Site Provider Award is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify sites which are well maintained and will actively facilitate their teaching. Organisations will display the logo as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards and to give teachers assurance when organising educational visits.

Providers looking to gain the LOtC Site Provider Award will need to meet a set of six 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 CLOtC said: “We are extremely proud to be awarding the LOtC Site Provider Award to YHA, an organisation which is clearly demonstrating its commitment to high quality learning outside the classroom and effective risk management through its continued commitment to achieve CLOtC accreditation for all of its sites offering services to schools. Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life.

Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits, which include raising attainment and achievement, improving behaviour, and re-motivating children who may be disengaged in the classroom environment. The LOtC Site Provider Award will provide assurance for schools, thereby ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences.”

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Site Provider Award and which of our hostels have the accreditation, visit our School Trips website.

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