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Our primary role is to support educational establishments to provide high quality Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) activities which support and extend the learning of our young people.

"We are convinced that out of the classroom education enriches the curriculum and can improve educational improvement" (House of Commons Education and Skills Committee Report 'Education Outside the Classroom' January 2005)

Our support takes the form of:

Visit Approval where required
Training for all those responsible for leading LOtC within establishments
Monitoring the provision of visits and LOtC
Visit Approval

The Authority has introduced the EVOLVE on line notification system as from January 2011.

The system allows establishments to record all visits and Learning Outside the Classroom that takes place within their establishment. The LOtC Team is automatically advised of those visits requiring approval and responds accordingly.

The EVOLVE system allows the Team to monitor visits. EVOLVE also allows us to keep safety management practical and proportional and keeps paperwork to the necessary minimum.