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Tophill Low gets top marks for education visits

The classroom at Tophill Low’s new viewing centre has shown itself to be top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. 

All three of our education centres now hold the quality mark, with the sites at Headingley and Ewden near Sheffield having held their Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badges since 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), the LOtC Quality Badge combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Anne Reed, Yorkshire Water, said “Being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff at our education centres as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from. 

“We're thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and to achieve our hat-trick so soon after the new Tophill Low centre opens. We look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our education centres in Leeds, Driffield and Sheffield.”

Teachers wanting to take advantage of our education centres, which deliver day-long sessions about the water cycle, environment and water conservation, can book by visiting our education page.

Elaine Skates, Chief Executive of CLOtC 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 Tophill Low on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”

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