Embedding LOtC into school curriculum and policies: Pokesdown Primary School

This week’s blog comes to us from Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. More information about CLOtC and a link to their newsletters can be found here


There is a wealth of research, including Ofsted guidance, which demonstrates that learning outside the classroom (LOtC) has a greater impact on young people’s learning and development if it is integrated into the curriculum. Pokesdown Primary School in Dorset has put this theory into practice, creating an integrated and engaging LOtC curriculum for its pupils. In recognition of its good practice, the school has received LOtC Mark, the only national accreditation which recognises good practice in learning outside the classroom across the whole curriculum.

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Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Newsletters

clotc-logoThe Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has provided our latest blog. This is the national charity that campaigns for every child to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of education. They can help with ideas, resources and tools to help you integrate frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC experiences across the curriculum.

Their Free termly newsletter will keep you up to date with the latest news and best practice relevant to learning outside the classroom. Sign up at www.lotc.org.uk/category/newsletters

Learning outside the classroom (LOtC) can happen outdoors or indoors, in natural environments including the school grounds and local parks, in museums and art galleries, in adventurous activity centres, or further afield on educational visits or residentials in Britain or elsewhere in the world.  Providing children with challenging, exciting and different experiences to further their learning is a proven and powerful tool that raises attainment, improves behaviour and engages all learners.  Those who may not thrive inside the classroom environment often prosper when they experience learning in a new and challenging environment.

You can also access Free online guidance to support you in planning, running and evaluating effective LOtC experiences and find out more about support available from CLOtC on their website www.lotc.org.uk