Category Archives: Accreditation

Educational Visits & Journeys Guidance Revised November 2015

A revised version of the LA’s educational visits guidelines is now available entitled “Organising Visits & Journeys: Educational Visits and Outdoor Education Standards and Guidelines ”. It is dated November 2015. This replaces the previous edition dated March 2011. Please … Continue reading

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training Courses 2016

Three dates are now available for this training for 2016. It is particularly suitable for Educational Visits Co-ordinators (EVCs) new to the role and others involved in the management of educational visits. This course, developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ … Continue reading

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training Courses 2015

Three dates are now available for this training for 2015. It is particularly suitable for Educational Visits Co-ordinators (EVCs) new to the role and others involved in the management of educational visits. This course, developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ … Continue reading

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training Course

The next Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training course is being held on Thursday 2 October 2014 at BBIC Wilthorpe, Barnsley. Places still available for those who wish to attend. All schools and children’s services settings should have an Educational Visits Co-ordinator who … Continue reading

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Safer Adventures: Managing the risks of adventure travel

BS 8848 is the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK. The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) was on the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical committee that … Continue reading

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Applications for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark Award close on 11th April 2014

The new round of applications for educational establishments wishing to gain the national Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark award closes on 11th April 2014. LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools, nurseries and other educational establishments which … Continue reading

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West Yorkshire school in court over climbing wall fall

A Bradford grammar school has been fined after a PE equipment manager suffered multiple fractures when he fell nine metres from a climbing wall. A prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors identified serious safety … Continue reading

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AHOEC Gold Standard and LOtC Quality Badge Inspections for Outdoor Education Centres

I recently had the opportunity to join Doug Jones on inspection visits for two well known national accreditation schemes which lead to awards for safety and quality for outdoor education centres. Doug is highly regarded and exceptionally experienced in the field of outdoor … Continue reading

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25 Youth Hostels Gain LOtC Quality Badge

YHA’s commitment to providing exemplary learning experiences for children and young people has been nationally recognised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC). Twenty-five Youth Hostels in England and Wales have been awarded the prestigious LOtC Quality Badge. … Continue reading

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Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre

The Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, near Chapeltown, Sheffield, has now gained Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge and Adventuremark accreditation. More information about the centre can be found at http://www.hesleywood.org.  Details of the above accreditations can be found at  www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk  and http://www.adventuremark.co.uk respectively.

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