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The National Archives awarded Quality Badge for education

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The National Archives awarded Quality Badge for education

Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

15 April 2009

The National Archives is one of the first organisations in the country to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, recognising it as a provider of safely-managed, quality educational experiences for young people.

The Quality Badge is a new scheme, combining learning and safety for the first time into one easily recognisable award for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Andrew Payne, Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, said: 'I am immensely proud of The National Archives being awarded the Quality Badge. It is a real stamp of approval that the activities we offer young people are recognised in this way. We have always worked closely with local schools and youth groups to provide quality learning in a safe environment. We know that children really benefit from these important experiences and it's great to have all our hard work recognised in this way.'

The Quality Badge is a government scheme and was developed as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits.

Congratulating The National Archives on receiving the badge, Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said: 'Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child's school life. Quality Badges offer 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.'


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