Last modified: 09 October 2013
Image: Ben Hall
RSPB Conwy nature reserve near Llandudno Junction in north Wales has become the first RSPB reserve in Wales to be judged ‘outstanding’ in every area of its outdoor teaching.
The education provision at the reserve - which is situated on the banks of the spectacular Conwy estuary - was given the prestigious award by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the recognised national voice for outdoor learning.
Reserve manager Julian Hughes said, “We are delighted with the high praise, we see educating and teaching children about nature as a top priority here at the reserve, and in the near future we are hoping to extend the field teaching through the winter.”
The award is a badge presented to venues that offer educational activities for school groups and offers a safe, enjoyable and educational experience for children that will also help them meet the learning objectives of the school curriculum.
The badge is intended to act as a quality assurance for teachers, ensuring they don’t need to go through the rigmarole of getting the venues risk assessed, check the site out with other users and worrying about whether they are getting value for money.
Tony Thomas from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “After a rigorous assessment in May, we found that the reserves field teachers were outstanding and highly competent and that teaching was always lively and engaging.”
If you’re a teacher or lead a youth group in the Conwy area and want to bring children to the reserve next spring, why not give Charlie Sretton a call to find out more on 01492 584 091 or email Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org
The RSPB field teaching scheme, Living Classrooms, is an exciting programme of school visits designed to bring learning to life.
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