Leading practitioners in the world of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) have been recognised as ‘LOtC Heroes’ for making a significant impact on the lives of children and young people through their commitment and dedication to providing and/or championing exciting and inspiring learning outside the classroom opportunities. Whether it is through fieldwork, school-grounds activities such as forest schools, educational visits to museums, galleries, farm activity centres, or cultural expeditions abroad, LOtC can build lasting, positive learning experiences. Thousands of people participated in the public vote to choose 2017's winners, who are:
Belinda Dixon, British Exploring Society, Advocate Award 2017, sponsored by School Travel Organiser
Jenny Hindson (pictured), Trees for Cities, Innovator Award 2017, sponsored by YHA
Worcester Cathedral Educational Volunteer Team, Inspiring Educator Award 2017, sponsored by NST Education Travel
Phil Simpson, Abernethy Trust, Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, sponsored by Canal and River Explorers.
Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: 'We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up. It is clear that this year’s winners and nominees are making great strides forward to make this happen, helping LOtC to grow and flourish. Congratulations to all the inspiring winners and shortlisted LOtC Heros, who are expanding the horizons of young people and opening their eyes to the wonders of areas such as art, heritage, culture, adventure and the natural world.'