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Kempston Outdoor Centre

Bedford Borough Council owns and supports an outstanding outdoor centre in Kempston, where children and adults are provided with opportunities to develop self- esteem, and realise their full potential in a safe environment. After a recent review, Kempston Outdoor Centre has had their Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge renewed. The centre was again recognised as setting an excellent standard for hosting educational visits.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The Borough Council is proud that through the centre we are continuing to offer high quality learning experiences so individuals can reap the benefits of outdoor education. The LOtC Quality Badge renewal is a real coup. In contrast to the classroom, taking part in physical, outdoor activities can help to develop a more rounded skill set and encourages confident team players.”

 

The LOtC Quality Badge was launched in 2009 as part of a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have outdoor experiences as part of their curriculum.

 

Beth Gardner, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.

 

Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits. The LOtC Quality Badge will reduce red tape and provide assurance for schools, thereby ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Kempston Outdoor Centre on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”

 

For more information about the Kempston Outdoor Centre, visit http://www.kempstonoutdoorcentre.co.uk/

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