National park gets top marks

Education manager Sue Wilkinson with pupils from Caedmon School
Education manager Sue Wilkinson with pupils from Caedmon School
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THE NORTH York Moors National Park Authority has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge.

It is the first of the UK’s national park authorities to achieve the award.

Sue Wilkinson, the national park’s education manager, said: “Being awarded the LOtC quality badge is a real coup for the education team as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they can really benefit from.

“Through practical engagement and personal discovery we aim to raise awareness of the North York Moors and the wider national park family, help young people understand the importance of these areas and ultimately inspire them to look after these special places for future generations.”

Each year, education staff with the NYMNPA meet around 12,000 children and young people.

Through activities, including walks, habitat studies, map reading and arts and crafts, the authority aims to raise awareness of the special qualities of the North York Moors.

Beth Gardner, chief executive of the council for learning outside the classroom, added: “Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life.

“I congratulate the NYMNPA on being awarded the LOtC quality badge.”

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge, visit www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk.