Centre awarded Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
Wednesday 18th December 2019
We are delighted to announce that the Science Oxford Centre has been awarded the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’s Quality Badge, a seal of approval that shows to schools that our primary education programme is of a high standard.
The LOtC Quality Badge is the only national award combining the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into a trusted accreditation scheme for all types of learning outside the classroom.
Our schools programme is built on an approach called Thinking, Doing, Talking Science, which encourages children to experiment, ask questions and test their ideas and so develop their higher-order thinking skills. Since officially opening the brand-new Science Oxford Centre in Headington to schools in September, we’ve welcomed over 1200 pupils from 21 schools and the diary of visits for 2020 is filling up fast. Schools can enjoy hands-on activities in the Exploration Zone, guided wildlife walks to explore our 15 acres of woodland and a range of shows and workshops. The Quality Badge also includes regional visits to museums and schools.
Outdoor Learning and Ecology manager, Dr Roger Baker (pictured above) said, “I’m so delighted, the team have all have worked extremely hard creating a fantastic programme. The great thing is that this award will reduce the red tape for teachers planning a visit, removing a potential barrier to children receiving a wonderful educational experience at our centre.”
The LOtC Quality Badge means that the Science OxfordCentre has passed a robust assessment designed to ensure that we are meeting schools’ learning and risk management needs.
The Department for Education guidance on Health & Safety on educational visits recommends that schools look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing external providers of educational visits.