Our National Director, Pete Stacey recently met a delegation from the Korean Youth Work Agency to discuss activity standards, safety and quality, and to exchange ideas on enabling high quality outdoor learning - the exchange of ideas and information was very useful and follow up work is envisaged in helping the KWYA further develop their own programme.
The 2015 season is now well underway and reports from schools of lots of successful camps and happy children are coming in from across the UK and further afield. This can only reinforce the findings from recent Education Endowment Foundation research which states that:
"Overall, studies of adventure learning interventions consistently show positive benefits on academic learning, and wider outcomes such as self-confidence. On average, pupils who participate in adventure learning interventions appear to make approximately three additional months’ progress. The evidence suggests that the impact is greater for longer courses (more than a week), and those in a ‘wilderness’ setting, though other types of intervention still show some positive impacts."
For more details please have a look at https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/toolkit-a-z/outdoor-adventure-learning/
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We occasionally get asked about BAPA members activity centres being safe for schools to use. Any BAPA member will have been inspected either last year or will be inspected in 2015. Many hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and it is this quality mark that nearly all Councils now recognise as a simple clear way of knowing that a site with this badge has been inspected for safety and quality and that schools should accept this as evidence that they do not need to ask for lots of documentation on risk assessments, policies or procedures. This is all about removing barriers for schools to get children out on activities and not stopping them from enjoying the outdoors and the widest possible range of activities our members can provide!
If you are in any doubt then you should please contact the BAPA office on 01746 769982 and discuss your thoughts with the National Director, Pete Stacey.
BAPA in the News!
News about BAPA's role in the wider educational context
The following quote is from the July 2014 Council for Learning Outside the Classroom's newsletter:
"There is no doubt that the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the wider learning outside the classroom community has been effective in ensuring that LOtC is embedded into the curriculum and policy.
Recognising this achievement in a recent article for Education Investor magazine, James Croft (Director of the Centre for Market Reform of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs) commented:
“Thanks to coordinated, sector-wide effort, led by CLOtC, the British Activity Providers Association (BAPA), and others, they’ve [referring to residential LOtC providers] now fought their way on to the curriculum and are recognised as having real potential to play a key role in ensuring our young people are life and workplace ready when they leave school. To conclude that the sector is poised for further growth would be an understatement.”
We held a very successful AGM at PGL Liddington on June 10 2015 and appointed a number of new Board members to lead the Association forwards.
The British Activity Providers Association represents activity providers in a range of ways; we promote the work of our members and support them in building a vibrant healthy activity sector which provides exciting and safe activities, delivered by competent staff in a wide range of environments. Our members have sites throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as well as the Isle of Man, Jersey and overseas in France and Spain.
With over 90 activity centres there is every certainty that our members can provide the activity you are looking for, whether it is an educational programme for your school or youth group, or a family activity break, or a corporate challenge.
Have a look at the members list and find out what our members can do for you!
BAPA membership is continuing to grow! After the 7 new members with 12 centres who joined the Association in 2014 we have 3 more new members with 4 centres which will all be inspected and accredited in 2015. Welcome to Adventure Central, Carreg Adventure and Mountains and Rivers - these sites and centres will be inspected and if successful these prospective members will be invited to join as full members in 2015.
All our members will be running their 2015 programmes and delivering lots of exciting and adventurous activities to hundreds of thousands of youngsters. Some members will provide day camp programmes whilst others will offer a complete residential experience – there is no single pattern of programme or operation across the BAPA membership, which as said above is growing at present.
All our members centres will be inspected and accredited either 2015 or 2016; many will also gain the Learning Outside the Classroom Accreditation Quality Badge which covers health, safety and learning support when providing an activity to their customers. Every BAPA member centre is always inspected every two years.
You can see if your centre has been accredited for this nationally recognised award by going to the following website: http://lotcqualitybadge.org.uk/search
Our inspection and accreditation programme was moderated by Adventure Activity Associates to ensure that we are accrediting our members to the required standards for Adventuremark and the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The outcome was very successful and part of the report is shown below:
"The Scheme is well managed and keeps good records of providers, inspections and accreditations. This is crucial, as the BAPA methodology of inspection requires that there is good communication between inspectors and that good records are centrally maintained.This allows a more focussed approach with improved consistency and rigour."
The BAPA Code of Practice
This document has been developed over many years by members of the Association and with input from expert advisers when necessary. It sets out the standards by which all members commit to uphold and ensure they provide a quality experience which is exciting and safe. The Code was revised in 2014 and is now available to associate and full members only.
Contacting the British Activity Providers Association
If you have a query or want more information about the Association you can contact us in the following ways:
FOR COURSES, ACTIVITIES OR BOOKING AN ACTIVITY WITH A BAPA MEMBER
Please look at the members list and make contact directly with the member
TELEPHONE CONTACT – 01746 769982 – If the office is closed please leave a message with your name and number and we’ll return your call when the office is next open.
FOR MEMBERSHIP INSPECTIONS OR ACCREDITATION ENQUIRIES - please contact our National Director, Peter Stacey on 01746 769982 or 07888 841792 or email him at Pete@thebapa.org.uk
Accounts and general email can be sent to email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!