• i2o & POCCA team

New awards launched for the education sector

As champions of outdoor learning, we’re encouraging schools across the UK to showcase the use of their outside learning areas this year in a new awards programme designed especially for the education sector. We’ve developed the Pocca Awards, to recognise and reward educational settings using available outside space to inspire students and enhance learning in creative and innovative ways.

There are four distinct and exciting categories schools and nurseries can enter:

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 focuses such as nature activities or core subjects such as Science, Biology and Geography.

Speaking about the launch of this new awards programme, our Managing Director Robert Carpenter said: “We are champions of outdoor learning and we know schools are too. Over the last 20 years, we have worked with schools across the country and continually see how passionate schools are about outdoor learning and the impact this has on students. We know that this is a community that can learn best practice from each other, recognise excellence in outdoor learning and provide inspiration for the future. We’re proud to support the sector and to develop the Pocca Awards programme to recognise the outdoor learning efforts and achievements of UK schools.”

The Pocca Awards are open to any school or educational setting based in the UK that can demonstrate its outdoor learning excellence; with or without a canopy area. Nominations are expected from across the country and entries will close at 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018. An independent judging panel will then review the entries to determine a shortlist, which will be announced in late March 2018. Online voting will then open so the public can to choose an eventual winner in each category to be announced in April 2018!

Interested educational settings that are keen to put themselves forward for the Pocca Awards can find out more and download a nomination form here.


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