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Winners of the 2018 Pocca Awards announced



Congratulations to the five schools and nurseries from across the UK who have been announced today as the winners of the Pocca Awards 2018. Each of the winners demonstrated an incredible approach to outdoor learning and were chosen by the voting public in four key categories.

Educational settings were invited to submit a nomination to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach and to highlight how innovative and creative they have been in utilising their outside space; in four distinct categories. Winners were voted for online by the general public, from a shortlist of entries selected from the large number of nominations submitted earlier this year.

The 2018 winners are: 1. Ridgeway School, Deansway in Warwick - Active Learning Outside category

Demonstrating how outdoor learning space could encourage physical activities outside such as balancing, PE, Games, Sport and Play. 2. The Red Squirrel Children’s Nursery in Dundee - Creative Learning Outside category (joint winner) Demonstrating how outdoor learning areas are used to encourage creative activities such as Art, Music, Drama, Crafts, and Food Technology. 3. Joseph Paxton Campus in the Wirral - Creative Learning Outside category (joint winner) Demonstrating how outdoor learning areas are used to encourage creative activities such as Art, Music, Drama, Crafts, and Food Technology. 4. St Martins C of E Primary and Nursery in Exeter - Core Learning Outside category Demonstrating how outdoor learning areas enhance educational activities in core subjects such as English, Maths, History, music and reading. 5. Kidz@Work, Sheffield Business Park - Environmental Learning Outside category Demonstrating how an outdoor learning area supports environmental focusses such as nature activities or core subjects such as Science, Biology and Geography.

Speaking about this year’s winners, Managing Director of i2o Limited 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. The Pocca Awards programme was designed to recognise the hugely valuable outdoor learning efforts and achievements of UK schools. The 2018 winners are a fantastic example of how educational settings are making the most of their limited resources in order to truly enhance their students’ learning experiences.” New for 2018, the Pocca Awards were developed by outdoor canopy provider i2o Ltd and launched under its outdoor canopy brand name Pocca. i2o Ltd are champions of outdoor learning and hold strong, long standing partnerships across the educational sector. The 2018 awards programme was open to any educational setting based in the UK that could demonstrate its outdoor learning excellence; with or without a canopy area. Schools were invited to complete a short nomination form between 8th January - 9th March 2018 to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach in one of the four key categories. Each entry was reviewed by a judging panel to determine the shortlist, which was announced on 15th March 2018. The 11 settings on the shortlist were subject to a public vote from 16th March 2018 to 30th March 2018, with the eventual category winners confirmed based on the number of votes received. Winners will receive a personalised trophy and a framed certificate from i2o Ltd to recognise their achievement and contribution. Further information about the 2018 Pocca Awards and the winners is available at www.poccaawards.co.uk and dedicated social media profiles on Twitter and Facebook


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