Olsen House School has been awarded with a prestigious accreditation recognizing its work in extending and diversifying its curriculum, the first in the Kedleston group of schools.
As part of the group, Olsen works with Robin Johnson, who is the group’s Cultural Learning & Development Officer, to develop curriculums which take learning opportunities outside of the classroom – embracing local facilities to help ensure learning takes place but in ways which do not require sitting at a desk.
This work has now been recognized by the Learning Outside the Classroom Mark, earning its Bronze Award. The Mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises, and supports the development of, learning outside the classroom across all subject areas. The LOtC Mark is intended not only to recognise existing exemplary provision, but also to assist and support schools in developing their LOtC offer to enable all children to have access to meaningful LOtC experiences.
Head teacher, Alison Ford, said: “We are thrilled and delighted to have had our learning outside the classroom programme recognized in this way. It is a vital element in the Olsen House curriculum. Offering a diverse curriculum which takes into account every student’s own individual learning needs helps maximise their chance of successes. “The classroom is not always the best place for a young person to learn, or to undertake new challenges or have new experiences they may not always have the opportunity to try.
“There is strong evidence that good quality learning outside the classroom adds much value to classroom learning. It can lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts that span traditional subject boundaries and which are frequently difficult to teach effectively using classroom methods alone.
“Robin Johnson works with staff and pupils to establish links and visits to art galleries, theatres, community projects, museums and places of cultural and spiritual importance.” Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said:
“Learning outside the classroom provides the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. LOtC Mark (Bronze) demonstrates that the school is committed to developing and delivering genuinely valuable learning outside the classroom experiences for their children and young people. Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits. The LOtC Mark (Bronze) award will support schools in integrating LOtC into the life of the school, thereby ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Olsen House School on being awarded LOtC Mark (Bronze).”