DAISI training: Supporting arts organisations to achieve the LOtC Quality Badge
Daisi, with the South West Arts Education Partnership and RiO, has been commissioned by the Arts Council as an arts sector trainer to run one-day training courses to support arts organisations wishing to find out more, or to develop your application for the LOtC Quality Badge.
Find out more about LOtC and the LOtC Quality badge by reading on:
For the purposes of the Manifesto, Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is defined as "the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning."
This includes experiences that take place in the school grounds, the local environment, places further afield, and residential places.
LOtC promotes an expectation that these experiences should be frequent, continuous and progressive.
The Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom partnership's vision is that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
For further information about the Manifesto and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom visit www.lotc.org.uk
The LOtC Quality Badge
This is a new Quality Badge for Learning Outside the Classroom provider organisations and settings. It was launched in October 2008. Users, such as schools and other young people's groups and settings, will know that badged providers are offering high-quality learning experiences. Safety and risk management are one element of a quality experience, but the LOtC Quality Badge supports two of the Manifesto's high-level aims:
Aim 3: We will offer learning experiences of agreed high quality.
Aim 5: We will better enable schools, local authorities and other key organisations to manage visits safely and efficiently.
Ultimate responsibility for the badge lies with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Why have an LOtC Quality Badge scheme?
The scheme's benefits are that assessment is appropriate to the activity offered and builds on existing schemes. It avoids duplication of effort for providers and allows providers in sectors with no current awarding bodies to apply for the LOtC Quality Badge. It sets a common framework for quality learning outside the classroom.
In order to achieve an LOtC Quality Badge, providers must show that they meet a set of quality indicators. There are six high level generic quality indicators. They are:
- The provider has a process in place to assist users to plan the learning experience effectively
- The provider provides accurate information about its offer
- The provider provides activities, experience or resources which meet learner needs
- The provider reviews the experience and acts on feedback
- The provider meets the needs of users
- The provider has safety management processes in place to manage risk effectively
For further information about applying for the LOtC Quality Badge contact Daisi or visit www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk