Third time awarded Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

We are pleased to announce that we have received the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for the third consecutive time for North Lincolnshire Museum and Normanby Hall Country Park. The LOtC Quality Badge is awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. It shows that we provide a good quality learning provision and that all of our activities are risk assessed. It also shows that we understand our schools’ needs and can tailor our offer to fit in with both current curriculum requirements and any specific requirements of the school.

There are many benefits of learning outside the classroom at North Lincolnshire Museum venues. By giving children new and exciting experiences it inspires them to reach their true potential. Our workshops are very hands on and can re-motivate children that do not thrive in a traditional classroom environment. They are especially beneficial to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with Special Education Needs.

However, It is not just about what happens outside the classroom, but also the impact this has when the children return to the classroom. It supports improved standards, raising attainment and improving discipline. Learning outside the classroom is also known to contribute significantly to improving pupils’ personal, social & emotional development.

To reduce the cost of providing learning outside the classroom, North Lincolnshire Museum Service is currently offering a few cost saving schemes for schools.

• Hornsby Travel are currently offering discounted coach travel for North Lincolnshire schools to visit the ‘We’ll take you there…’ 100 years of Hornsby Buses exhibition at North Lincolnshire Museum. The cost will be £20 from anywhere in North Lincolnshire for up to 53 passenger seats. A teacher’s pack accompanies the exhibition which includes KS1 & KS2 trails and suggestion activities for back at school. Children also receive free Hornsby Travel pencils to complete their trail. This offer is available until June 2014 and can also be used in conjunction with any workshop at North Lincolnshire Museum.

• Normanby Hall Country Park allows 25 free environmental visits for schools each year. These are available through the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, managed by Natural England. Teachers can enhance delivery of science and geography through a combination of guided and self-led activities in the parkland. Due to high demand, there is a limit of two classes per school.

The full ‘inspired learning’ school programme can be found on the North Lincolnshire Council website http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/tourism-museums-and-the-arts/north-lincolnshire-museum/working-with-schools/

You can also contact us on 01724 843533 or email Museum@northlincs.gov.uk