Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

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Introducing Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. We believe that every young person (0-19yrs) should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.

Incorporated in December 2008, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom formally assumed responsibility and leadership for learning outside the classroom from the [then] Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) on the 1st April 2009.

The premise of LOtC has been supported by many individuals and organisations over the years. The launch of the LOtC Manifesto by the then Secretary of State in November 2006 marked a significant step forward in recognising and promoting the benefits of LOtC in young people’s educational attainment and social, emotional and personal development.

The ‘Out and About Package’ was launched in 2008 to support learning outside the classroom through:

The LOtC website which provides information, advice and guidance designed to help schools, educational practitioners and others working with young people to plan, run and evaluate exciting and challenging LOtC activities.

The LOtC Quality Badge. This is a national accreditation recognising organisations that provide good quality educational experiences and manage risk effectively.  Supported by the majority of Local Authority Outdoor Education Advisers, the LOtC Quality Badge makes it easier for anyone organising educational visits to gain approval and provides assurance that their chosen destination has met 6 nationally recognised quality indicators.

Our Location

Located In Shropshire

Head Office
Preston Montford

Montford Bridge

Our Partners

Challenger Trust
Contour Education Services
Challenge Partners
SBM Services
Educational Personnel Management
Association for Character Education