Yorkshire Water’s three interactive education centres have received a national accreditation for the quality of teaching and learning experiences.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, which aims to help provide young people with opportunities to experience learning away from the classroom environment, awards suitable organisations with a quality badge to enable teachers to find locations where their children can learn away from school.
Children visiting both the company’s clean water education centres in Sheffield and Headingley and the waste water education centre in Bradford gain hands-on learning experiences.
Trained education guides walk pupils through the water cycle from source to tap, seeing how the water coming in from reservoirs in the area is treated, sent out to taps all across the region and after use returned safely back to the environment.The education centres, which have been developed with the help of teachers to include key curriculum, help to bring learning to life for pupils. Taking time out of the classroom to see how tap water is made, the impact that it has on daily life and finding out how to use it wisely provides a great hands-on learning experience.
Anne Reed, education programme manager, said: “People always say that one of the best ways to help children learn about important topics is to bring the subject alive and a free visit to one of our education centres allows teachers to achieve this.
“We are proud to gain the quality badge for Learning Outside the Classroom and hope that this will encourage more schools in the region to book a free visit to one of our centres.”
Beth Gardner, Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said: “Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers 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.
"Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits and I congratulate Yorkshire Water on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”
Since opening the three sites a decade ago, almost 90,000 school children have taken the tour to learn about the water cycle.
Interactive tours of the Ewden Water Treatment Works in Sheffield are available to pupils aged between 9 and 11 from September to December and Yorkshire Water urges schools to sign up quickly as only 750 places are now available.The FREE education sessions for the next few terms are booking up fast so any schools wishing to register should visit www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres or call the education team on 01274 692515.
Yorkshire Water also offers FREE educational resources to schools - its Green Classroom workbooks and teachers lesson plans provide lots of ideas on how schools can engage pupils around the water cycle and using water wisely. To request a Green Classroom pack and see all the resources available visit www.yorkshirewater.com/education.
For more information on the education centres or to book a visit contact Yorkshire Water's education team on 01274 692515 or visit www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres