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TWO ISLE OF WIGHT ATTRACTIONS GAIN EDUCATIONAL AWARDS

Two Isle of Wight attractions have been named as ideal places for children to learn.

Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House, which are both English Heritage sites, were awarded as part of a new incentive to honour attractions which offer great learning facilities for the children who visit.

The new ‘Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge’ is a national benchmark which will be used to promote educational destinations across the country. A total of 24 were awarded, with two on the Isle of Wight alone.

Whilst the award was designed to help teachers determine places they could take their pupils for lessons outside the classroom environment, it is thought the areas will also feature in the itinerary of families on Isle of Wight breaks looking for an enriching day out.

The sites granted an award were commended for putting a real emphasis on learning, hands-on activities and safety.

Speaking to chesterchronicle.co.uk of the awards, head of education and interpretation at English Heritage, Sandra Stancliffe, explained: “English Heritage’s educational visits are among the most comprehensive in the country, and we welcome tens of thousands of children to our sites each year.

“This award provides national recognition for the work our site staff and education experts have put in to create resources and plans so teachers and pupils can cover many different areas of the curriculum in a fun way. Children tend to retain to a far greater degree what they learn when they are in this kind of fun and stimulating environment and this award recognises the work we have put in to simplify the whole visit process.”