LOtC Quality Badge

LOtC Quality Badge

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom oversee the awarding of a range of Quality Badges which are specific to the particular organisation. Read more about these below.


For LOtC Providers

Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the LOtC Quality Badge is a national award combining the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into ONE easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme for ALL types of Learning Outside the Classroom provider organisation. Read more about the LOtC Quality Badge: http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/


The LOtC Site Provider Award

The LOtC Site Provider Award is intended to recognise those organisations which actively welcome schools onto their sites and ensure that those sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools. Read more about the LOtC Site Provider Award: http://www.lotc.org.uk/lotc-accreditations/lotc-site-provider-award/


The LOtC Resource Provider Award 

The LOtC Resource Provider Award is intended to recognise those organisations that provide products and services which genuinely assist teachers in delivering LOtC, and work with users to ensure that this is the case. Read more about the LOtC Resource Provider Award: http://www.lotc.org.uk/lotc-accreditations/lotc-resource-provider-award/


For Schools

The LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools which recognises and supports the development of Learning Outside the Classroom across all subject areas. Comprising of three levels, the LOtC Mark is intended not only to recognise existing exemplary provision, but also to assist and support schools in developing their LOtC offer. Read more about the LOtC Mark: http://www.lotc.org.uk/lotc-accreditations/lotc-mark

Venues with this Accreditation

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a unique outdoor activity venue set in the heart of Hampshire countryside.  There is 94 acres of land which includes woodlands, an enclosed lake, plus access to the upper reaches of the River Hamble and over 25 activities to explore.
nit 73 Trident Court, 1 Oakcroft Road, Tolworth,

ActivAdventures runs all aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme and tailor-made adventure experiences for schools and youth groups. Highly experienced instructors and a variety of outdoor adventurous activities combine to offer exhilarating adventure experiences.

The only museum of its kind in Europe

Based at Nottingham's old county gaol, the Museum explores the fascinating history of crime and justice through time.


This unique museum houses three courtrooms, a prison and police station plus a collection of over 40,000 legal, police and prison-related historical objects and artefacts, including the HM Prison Service collection.

Nestling in beautiful, tranquil French countryside on the borders of Normandy and the Loire, the Château sits on the crest of a hill surrounded by 10 acres of grounds – a perfect location for a school trip to France.

Ford Castle is a Medieval castle set in the rolling countryside of Northumberland, with exciting activities hidden within the grounds. We provide group activity holidays for children who will adventure and explore their way into outdoor education as they enjoy activity sessions in a supportive environment with stunning scenery, where history comes to life.

Blue Mountain Activities is an innovative outdoor activity provider.

We are a family friendly club and welcome all sailors and potential sailors. If you're interested in learning to sail, family cruising or a keen racer you will be very welcome.

Watch justice as it happens at the Royal Courts of Justice, commonly called the Law Courts.

We give people the opportunity to experience the outdoor lifestyle in new and challenging ways. From someone who has never challenged themselves to outdoor activities, through to the experienced hiker - we can help anyone achieve their desired adventure.


FSC Kindrogan is set in wooded grounds on the banks of the River Ardle, and is a gateway to the picturesque Scottish Highlands. It lies within easy reach of some of the remotest areas of the UK with inspiring landforms and rich range of wildlife habitats but is just one and a half hours travel from Glasgow or Edinburgh.


FSC Rhyd-y-creuau provides high quality residential outdoor learning and fieldwork for primary schools, secondary schools and university groups. We also have a range of courses and holidays for adults and families.

The Blencathra Centre occupies a dramatic setting at 300m on a south facing slope of Blencathra in The Lake District National Park and offers an unparalleled panorama across the Keswick, Helvellyn and Skiddaw areas.

Explore. Discover. Become.

WorldStrides, formerly Casterbridge Tours, are an educational travel company specialising in customised educational group tours. 

If you are looking for somewhere that is more like a home from home, with outdoor education programmes that are crafted with care, delivered by quality people, driven by our values of Education, Inspiration and Play; a place rooted in the rich heritage and tradition of learning outside  – Great News! You have just found it.

If you are looking for somewhere that is more like a home from home, with outdoor education programmes that are crafted with care, delivered by quality people, driven by our values of Education, Inspiration and Play, then Allnatt Centres are for you.

Visit Carymoor for a unique and unforgettable experience! At Carymoor we bring green issues to life all year round using our remarkable site which combines a working landfill site with a beautiful nature reserve, sensory and wild flower gardens, replica shanty town, Celtic roundhouse, forest school area and a sustainably built Education Centre.

We are a premium team sports development tour company. Our aim is to deliver unique sports travel programmes including school and youth teams sports tours to enrich young peoples' experiences and leave life-long memories. We offer young players of all standards the opportunity to train and play in the world's top professional clubs.

Residential Activity Centre Specialists

JCA are specialists in providing outdoor activities for children on either school residential trips, youth group residentials, kids summer camps, junior and adult netball tournaments and family adventure holidays.

If your kids love watersports, they’ll love our Croft Farm Waterpark activity centre in the heart of the Cotswolds, near to the historic town of Tewkesbury.

Croft Farm has lots of green space for land based activities, as well as superb opportunities for a wide range of water-based fun on its own 12 acre lake and the nearby River Avon.

Condover Hall is a prestigious Elizabethan residential activity centre, hosting teambuilding and non-stop educational activity ideal for school children, sports groups, summer camps and corporate team building events and conferences alike.

Connecting schools and young people to Parliament

Whether it be to understand the process of law making, how a general election works, what your MP does, or simply to visit the historic and beautiful Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin-designed Palace of Westminster, the Education team have a vast array of opportunities and resources to offer you.

Visit Parliament

We manage 26 nature reserves around the county totaling almost 3,500 acres. We carry out conservation projects to create and restore habitats for wildlife, to ensure that the county's wild creatures have se

Essex Wildlife Trust works in a wide range of ways to teach children (and adults) about the natural world to ensure that wildlife remains a priority for future generations.

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

Providing panoramic views over the 870 acre reservoir. The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and has proved a popular bat roost, with a beautiful carpet of Bluebells in the spring.


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British schoolgirl assaulted on school trip to Iceland

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A viral video shows a black girl being assaulted by a white woman in a corridor.

Police in Iceland are investigating after a British schoolgirl was slapped and chased by a tour guide in a hotel corridor.

The schoolgirl, 13, who attended Harris Girls’ Academy, was assaulted whilst on a school trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. The incident occurred at Hotel Örk, Hveragerdi on 13th October.