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Learning outside the classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom

The DCSF campaign to get teachers working outside of the classroom has been boosted this week with the launch of the Teaching Outside of the Classroom website. The aim is for trainee teachers to go on placements during their training at non-school educational sites, such as adventure centres and museums. The manifesto for this was launched about 6 months ago and the website is intended as a mechanism to allow interested organisations etc to sign up to be involved.

Via Ben Williamson on the Flux blog.

The first two of the seven points which make up the manifesto give a good flavour of what it’s all about:

1. We will provide all young people with a wide range of experiences outside the classroom, including extended school activities and one or more residential visits.

2. We will make a strong case for learning outside the classroom, so there is widespread appreciation of the unique contribution these experiences make to young people’s lives.

but the one which really struck me is the last, but hopefully by no means least:

7. We will identify ways of engaging parents, carers and the wider community in learning outside the classroom.

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