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Learning Outside the Classroom


The Go4it Education Programme

Link4Life supports the principles of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto and its vision. Our aim is to work with schools and colleges to provide a Go4it Education Programme that is well planned, safely managed and personalised to the needs of each child.

The Go4it ptogramme is flexibly designed to benefit children of all ability levels. However, with the proven benefits that Learning Outside the Classroom can make to pupil achievement, these activities can play an important part in boosting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils particularly where a specialised curriculum pathway may be more appropriate for children with special educational needs or challenging behaviour.

Go4it also feeds into the gifted and talented programme. It supports high quality teaching and learning with the PE curriculum, for example, through CPD opportunities for staff. It also provides a framework for talent identification and skills development for coaching, officiating and leadership. This is designed to continue the excellent progress that has been made through the School Sports Partnerships and to support schools in meeting government priorities.

Go4it helps to address issues such as low self esteem, anti-social behaviour, engagement with sedentary children and reduction in obesity. It also assists schools in placing themselves within the wider community and to build strong links with parents/carers and other stakeholders.

Leadership, teamwork, healthy living, inclusion and citizenship are just some of the whole school policy issues to which it can contribute together with the continuing professional development of the school workforce for whom Link4Life's highly successful Healthy Workforce programme is also available.

The impact of Learning Outside the Classroom

The DfES report 'Every Experience Matters' conducted an evidence-based review on the impact of learning outside the classroom. Using the most current research evidence, this review confirmed that every experience provided for children in the world beyond the classroom has benefit for children's learning, emotional well-being, social inter-actions, physical experiences and responses to their world; it also revealed that without these opportunities children are significantly disadvantaged. (Malone, 2008).

Learning Outside the Classroom is defined as 'the use of places other than the classroom'. It can happen at any time – in the normal school day, before and after school, during weekends and holidays. It can be based in school grounds, urban spaces, museums and galleries, parks and playgrounds, within the community or at adventure centres and camps.

When you go outside the classroom you have the opportunity to transform learning and raise achievement. Learning outside the classroom allows participants to learn in context, to learn by practical engagement, and to learn by personal discovery. They can acquire new skills, work collaboratively with others and develop a better sense of themselves and their potential. (Council for Learning Outside the Classroom)

The Educational Benefits

Learning Outside the Classroom provides a powerful route to the 'Every Child Matters' outcomes, in particular enjoying and achieving, staying safe and being healthy.

Much learning that takes place outside the classroom will be part of a programme that supports personalised learning and complements the strategy for young people set out in 'Youth Matters'. Key benefits include:

  • Improves Academic Achievement
  • Links to Higher Order Learning
  • Develops skills and independent in a range of settings
  • Makes learning more engaging and relevant to young people
  • Develops active citizens and stewards of the environment
  • Nurtures creativity
  • Provides opportunities for informal learning
  • Reduces behaviour problems and improves attendance
  • Stimulates, inspires and improves motivation
  • Develops an ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Provides challenge and the opportunity to take acceptable levels of risk
  • Improves young people's attitudes to learning