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Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
Learning Beyond the Classroom

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national charity that champions all learning that happens beyond the classroom (LOtC). Our work supports educators, schools and organisations who are dedicated to ensuring more children and young people have opportunities for life-changing learning experiences beyond the classroom, whether these happen indoors or outdoors, close to home or far away.

Our Vision: Our vision is for every child to benefit from regular high quality learning beyond the classroom experiences as a
part of growing up. We do this by working to build the partnerships needed to ensure all children and young people have the opportunity for regular, progressive learning beyond the classroom.

Our Aim: Our current strategic aim focuses on ensuring schools, and other educational settings, have the support they need to take their teaching and learning beyond the classroom, and to embed it into their teaching practice. We do this by supporting educational professionals to deliver their curriculum safely and effectively beyond the classroom - in school grounds and beyond, indoors and out, near and far.

Our Support - for schools and for providers:

  • Learning Beyond: Whether schools/settings are just starting out or already taking teaching and learning beyond the classroom, we can help them to develop their LOtC, ensuring it is embedded into the curriculum to offer meaningful and impactful experiences. Find out more about our ‘Learning Beyond’ programme for teachers and educators at
  • LOtC Quality Badge: A vast range of different organisations, people and venues support schools to bring learning to life, from historic buildings to sacred spaces, outdoor activity centres to botanical gardens, museums to theme parks, farms to expeditions abroad. We manage the LOtC Quality Badge which recognises organisations that provide good quality learning experiences and effective risk

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: