STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon has shown itself to be at the top of the class for school visits by achieving the prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.
STEAM is the first heritage site in Wiltshire to gain the LOtC Quality Badge.
Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council, Councillor Garry Perkins said: “STEAM is a key provider of Learning Outside the Classroom experiences and we are very pleased that the Museum has now been recognised nationally as a provider of excellence in this field.”
“The LOtC Quality Badge gives teachers valuable assistance and reassurance that they are making a choice based on quality experiences provided in a safe and secure environment, as well as choosing STEAM’s creative and inspirational Programme for Schools. This quality award is a tremendous benefit for schools that plan to visit STEAM in the future.”
The LOtC Quality Badge is awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOC). To achieve the award, venues have to meet strict criteria to prove they offer the sort of educational value that teachers can build on in class long after their visit, as well as having very robust risk management structures in place.
Beth Gardner, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “Educational visits have many benefits and are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. Organisations displaying the Quality Badge show schools their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments. I congratulate STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”
CLOC also provides free on-line guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities.
STEAM Education Manager, Helen Orford added: “We are delighted to be the first heritage site in Wiltshire to be awarded the LOtC Quality Badge. It is a huge coup for all the staff here as it proves that our Education Programme offers school children high quality learning experiences that they really benefit from and it also has a sustainable impact back in the classroom. We’re thrilled to get official and national recognition for our Programme for Schools and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from across the region to our wonderful Museum.”
To find out more about STEAM’s Programme for Schools, visit www.swindon.gov.uk/steam or call the Education Manager on 01793 466637 (STEAM Educational Services on 01793 466640).
For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, visit www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk