Learning Outside the Classroom award
6 July 2009 : The River & Rowing Museum has gained
a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in recognition of the high
standard of its educational programmes and facilities. It is one of the
first museums to be given this new award.
The Museum has built up its excellent reputation over ten years with more
than ten thousand school visitors last year. It offers a range of curriculum-based
courses, from nursery to GCSE, taught by talented and experienced museum
tutors. It has excellent facilities in its Education Centre, built with
the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Arbib Foundation.
Head of Education at the River & Rowing Museum Christina Parker said:
"Organising a school visit can be a huge responsibility for a teacher
especially when it comes to risk assessments. This Quality Badge will
be a national benchmark, instantly recognised and trusted by local authorities
and schools. It demonstrates our clear commitment to be a centre of excellence
for learning outside the classroom."
In 2006 the Government launched its Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto.
The Quality Badge, launched in October 2008, is part of its 'Out and About'
package designed to make it easier for schools to organise visits. Both
the Government and Ofsted emphasise the value that such experiences have
in raising standards and supporting personal development. Pupils and teachers
benefit from the experience of a Museum visit. It enhances classroom learning
and provides the opportunity to learn new skills. Seeing 'the real thing'
whether it's an ancient skull found in the Thames or a modern Olympic
rowing boat; handling real artefacts; creating a painting or a poem inspired
by the river; or going for a guided walk along the river - all make learning
outside the classroom both memorable and effective.
This Quality Badge assures schools that the River & Rowing Museum
offers a high standard of provision from visit planning to delivery and
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Notes to Editors
Since opening in 1998, the Museum has received numerous awards
for its design and architecture, including the National Heritage/NPI Museum
of the Year award. The River & Rowing Museum is part of the Thames
Valley Museums Group (TVMG) Family Friendly initiative. It's a scheme
that brings together 29 museums across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire,
to promote their popular appeal to the whole family
- The Museum has four permanent galleries on: The River Thames, Rowing,
Henley on Thames and The Wind in the Willows
- Address: The River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames,
Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF. Tel. 01491 415600 Email. www.rrm.co.uk
- The Museum, terrace café and shop is open every day from 10am
- 5.30pm in summer and 10am - 5pm in the winter
- Paid for tickets are valid for FREE re-entry to the museum for 12
- Admission: £7 for adults, £5 for children and £5
for senior citizens and concessions
- terrace café providing hot and cold meals
- Fantastic shop
- Free parking for visitors
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