Museum awarded Quality Badge

PUBLISHED: 14:11 12 June 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 31 May 2010

Natural sciences curator Sarah Kenyon (on the left) and learning officer Aleksandra Jones posing with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge certificate and two of the available natural hist

Natural sciences curator Sarah Kenyon (on the left) and learning officer Aleksandra Jones posing with the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge certificate and two of the available natural hist

SAFFRON Walden Museum has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The Quality Badge scheme combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily recognisa

SAFFRON Walden Museum has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

The Quality Badge scheme combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Saffron Walden Museum learning officer, Aleksandra Jones, said: "Being awarded the Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff here 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 we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our museum.

"If we can fire their interest and imagination when young, they will become lifelong museum visitors and supporters."

Saffron Walden Museum has a diverse learning programme featuring workshops, talks and events for both children and adults. All events are immensely popular and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

An event for which bookings are now being taken is the Exploring World Cultures Workshop for children on Wednesday July 22. The workshop will shed light on some of the fascinating artefacts that make up the current exhibition and give youngsters a chance to create their own artwork inspired by the exhibits.

On Saturday July 25 there will be another Exploring World Cultures Workshop, this time catering for adults. Full details for all forthcoming events are available from the website at www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.

The newly acquired Quality Badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards.

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, 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.

"It is a significant victory in the battle to move away from the misguided perception that learning outside the classroom is a potential minefield for teachers. I want to see teachers using Quality Badges as practical decision-making tool.

"It should ensure that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Saffron Walden Museum on being awarded the badge."

The Quality Badge is available to large and small organisations providing quality learning outside the classroom experiences and managing risk effectively.

Organisations already awarded the badge include museums, adventurous activity and field study centres, places of worship, art galleries, visitor attractions and farms, with many more starting to apply.

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


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