Racing to School has maintained the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, a national accreditation by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), for a further two years. Its renewal demonstrates that the charity offers young people a high-quality outdoor learning experience, bringing the curriculum to life using racing’s unique venues.
This year, the charity is on track to support the learning of over 16,000 young people across Great Britain with its Education and Riders’ Programmes. For many participants, a Racing to School day will be their first visit to a racecourse and an introduction to the thrill of horseracing. To achieve LOtC Quality Badge status, Racing to School must show that it meets six quality indicators, providing peace of mind to schools and colleges as to the quality of learning and effectiveness of risk management provided by the charity. John Blake, Chief Executive of Racing to School said: “To be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge once again is testament to our team’s efforts to achieve high quality interventions for our beneficiaries, even as we have expanded our work to record levels.” Dr Anne Hunt, Chief Executive of CLOtC said: “Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers the reassurance that the venue is providing high quality educational experiences and have the appropriate risk management structures in place, meaning less paperwork for schools and peace of mind for teachers. I congratulate Racing to School on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”
Held by some of the leading providers of educational visits, the LOtC Quality Badge is endorsed by the Department for Education and the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel Cymru recommends schools use awarded providers for their educational visit or trips.