15th November – Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Annual Conference

5 11 2012

Raising Attainment Through LOtC

15th November, Kingswood Dearne Valley
There is considerable evidence that learning outside the classroom raises attainment, reduces truancy and improves discipline, benefitting young people’s learning and personal development, and contributing significantly to school improvement. The conference will focus on how teachers and education practitioners can maximise these benefits in their own setting.

Delegates can expect to:

◦Hear from inspirational speakers such as BBC TV presenter and explorer, Paul Rose. Paul is the Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and spent 10 years as base commander at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. He has presented a range of BBC documentaries on Antarctica, our oceans, and exploration; and uses his experiences to enthuse people about the environment.
◦Professor Peter Higgins, holds a personal Chair in Outdoor and Environmental Education at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at several UK outdoor education centres as well as in New Zealand, and is a member of a number of national and international panels and advisory groups on outdoor and environmental education. He is the author of over 100 articles and books relating to these fields and will be speaking about the impact of LOtC on attainment. Read Professor Higgins’ biography.
◦Peter Carne, OBE, will be speaking about the Paul Hamlyn Foundations’ Learning Away programme which offers progressive residential opportunities for young people. The programme has shown significant impacts on the attainment and achievement of the children involved. With years of teaching experience, Peter has been closely involved with projects such as Growing Schools and the development of the LOtC Manifesto and received an OBE in 2010 for his services to education. Peter Carne’s biography.
◦Hear case studies from a school where LOtC has had a positive impact on students’ attainment. Peter Westhorpe, Deputy head at Highfield Humanities College will speak on the college’s large scale ventures such as outdoor education residential visits as well as local experiences in and around Blackpool.
◦Network with professional peers and share best practice.
◦Take part in informative and practical workshops. Confirmed workshops include:
•Engaging with the natural environment – Outdoor Learning Consultancy
•Engaging young people with art and history – National Coal Mining Museum
•Learning science outside the classroom – Institute of Education
•Creative leadership in Early Years learning – Earlyarts
•Practical school grounds activities – School Grounds North East
•Environmental Learning Cards – Nature’s Work
•Forest Education Network
•Real World Learning Network
•Read the full workshop programme
◦Browse a marketplace of exhibitors offering support, activities and advice for schools and educational practitioners wishing to carry out more LOtC. If you wish to exhibit please contact enquiries@lotc.org.uk.
View the full conference programme 2012.

◦Following the conference, join us for a drinks and dinner reception to celebrate the winners of the 2012 Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC.
The new Kingswood facility on the site of an old colliery and former ‘Earth Centre’ near Doncaster will be the main the venue for the conference. CLOtC is grateful to Kingswood for supporting the conference and is looking forward to an interesting and inspiring day.





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