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Final call for nominations for the Pocca™ Awards



i2o has published one last reminder to schools and nurseries across the UK to encourage final nominations for the Pocca Awards, designed to showcase how educational settings use their outdoor space to enhance outdoor learning for their pupils.

The Pocca Awards, developed by outdoor canopy provider i2o Ltd, was launched for the first time this year to recognise and reward education settings using available outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

Schools, nurseries and other educational settings are invited to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach and highlight how innovative and creative they have been in utilising their outside space in four distinct categories:

  1. Active learning outside: how outdoor learning space encourages physical activities outside such as balancing, PE, Games, Sport and Play.

  2. Creative learning outside: how outdoor learning areas are used to encourage creative activities such as Art, Music, Drama, Crafts, Food Technology.

  3. Core learning outside: how outdoor learning areas enhance educational activities in core subjects such as English, Maths, History and Reading.

  4. Environmental learning outside: how an outdoor learning area supports environmental activities or core subjects such as Science, Biology and Geography.

Speaking about the awards programme, Managing Director of i2o Limited Robert Carpenter said: “We are delighted with the popularity the awards have seen so far from schools and educational settings around the country. Having worked in the education sector over the last 20 years, i2o continually see how passionate schools are about outdoor learning and the impact this has on students.These awards are a fantastic and free opportunity for the education sector to showcase how they use the outdoors to inspire learning for their students. We have loved hearing the inspiring stories from nominations we have received so far.”

The Pocca Awards are open to any school, nursery or educational setting based in the UK that can demonstrate its outdoor learning excellence; with or without a canopy area. Nominations have been received from across the country and will be accepted until Friday 9th March 2018. An independent judging panel will review the entries to determine a shortlist. Winners will be announced in April 2018.

Interested schools that are keen to put themselves forward for the Pocca Awards and can find out more and download a nomination form here. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for additional information on the awards and to find out who the winners are.

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