Helen Chu, Gloucester Rugby Education Tutor said "We offer a wide range of educational programmes here at Kingsholm, so being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge is a real coup for us as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they 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 from the local area to the 'Try Centre'."
The LOtC Quality Badge was launched in 2009 as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The LOtC Quality Badge is awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the national voice for Learning Outside the Classroom. The Council also provides free online guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The LOtC Quality Badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the LOtC Quality Badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments.
Beth Gardner, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said:
"Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child's school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.
Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits. The LOtC Quality Badge will reduce red tape and provide assurance for schools, thereby ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Gloucester Rugby on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge."
Gary Little, Community Manager, added,'The Community Team at Gloucester Rugby aim to succeed in making a difference to the lives of many young people through the projects we run. Our Community programmes aim to deliver huge benefits to the local community by using the unique ability of professional rugby to address a broad range of issues. We support disadvantaged young people by utilising the rugby club, its brand, the players and stadium as a tool to improving their lives. We aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, improve confidence, communication, physical fitness and self-worth in young people in order to assist them into education, training or employment and through our educational programmes offer a complimentary service that supports the education sector by offering activities that help raise standards across the curriculum.
'The LotC award is fantastic recognition for the work we do, and I would like to thank a growing list of locally based companies who are supporting Gloucester Rugby in the Community: Renishaw PLC, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Capita, Lanes Health, EDF Energy, Mears Group and Stratstone.