OFSTED, LONDON THEATRE TOURS AND YOU…
Ofsted is totally supportive and enthusiastic about education outside the classroom and their own research demonstrates that school visits can contribute significantly to education standards and the development of social skills.
They have in the past regretted that some schools still offer trips as a ‘treat’ rather than an opportunity to widen student experience and student learning and they list multiple benefits including improvements to personal skills and also to academic achievement.
The Council for Learning Outside The Classroom supports cultural tours as well as outside activities simply because of the ‘unique contribution these experiences make to young people’s lives’.
Here at London Theatre Tours we believe education should be an active rather than a passive experience.
Ofsted’s own report, Learning Outside The Classroom (10/08), quotes young people of all ages saying they enjoyed working away from the classroom because they found it ‘exciting’, ‘practical’, ‘motivating’, ‘refreshing’ and ‘fun’. Specific comments included, ‘’You see rather than listen’’, ‘’We like learning by doing’’ and ‘’We learn in a fun way’’.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP YOU MEET SOME OF THE OFSTED CRITERIA WHEN ON A LONDON THEATRE TOUR
|Extracts from the Ofsted Framework||How LTT can help you meet the Ofsted criteria|
|Pupils are reflective about beliefs, values and more profound aspects of human experience, using their imagination and creativity, and developing curiosity in their learning||• Post visit evaluations should ideally include the impressions and opinions of the pupils.
• LTT would love to hear what pupils have to say about their experience of their capital City and with your permission we would be interested in publishing them on our new website.
|Take part in a range of activities requiring social skills||• Opportunity to develop friendships even further based on extended ‘in depth’ social time with their friends
• Student, Teacher relationships
• Meeting new people
|Develop an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature. Responding positively to a range of artistic, sporting and other cultural opportunities||• Experience of the theatre capital of the world provides a real and significant practical insight into the cultural life of the country
• Opportunity to work with and learn from professional performers
|Understanding and appreciating the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life||• A Theatre-based visit to London exposes students to a range of cultures and life experiences, impossible to achieve in a school setting|
|To overcome barriers to learning||• Students of all abilities and backgrounds can engage with the unique learning opportunities offered by an LTT visit
• The extra confidence gained can add to progress levels of all students