Crumlin Road Gaol gets top marks for Education Programme

Crumlin Road Gaol gets top marks for Education Programme

Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast’s Education Department has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the LOtC Quality Badge combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Launched in September 2013 ‘A Day in the Life of a Victorian Child Prisoner’ is an education programme which has been specifically designed for Key Stage Two and takes the children on a journey back in time, reliving the sights and sounds of child prisoners who entered the Gaol over 120 years ago. Education Officer, Amelia Deehan states, “Being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff here as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our programme.”

The LOtC Quality Badge was launched in 2009 as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The LOtC Quality Badge is awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the national voice for Learning Outside the Classroom. The Council also provides free online guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The LOtC Quality Badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the LOtC Quality Badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments.

Elaine Skates, Acting Chief Executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom said:

“Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.

Learning outside the classroom has many proven educational benefits. The LOtC Quality Badge will reduce red tape and provide assurance for schools, thereby ensuring that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Crumlin Road Gaol on being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge.”


For further information:

Joanna Quinn
PR & Marketing Executive
Crumlin Road Gaol
T: +44 (0)28 9074 1500

Notes to editor

  • The Education Programme at Crumlin Road Gaol was  awarded a Sandford Award in 2014 for excellence in the provision of Heritage Education.
  • By participating in the programme Children will have the opportunity to spend the morning in Victorian clothing and empathise with those who suffered the brutality of the Victorian prison system.
  • They will meet the person that all the prisoners feared most; the Prison Warder, who will begin the process of admittance into the Gaol and provide a brief insight into the daily routine of life in Crumlin Road Gaol in 1893 and the punishments that many children suffered.
  • They will also meet one of the prisoners who will recollect stories of what life is like in Crumlin Road Gaol. They will experience the sounds and smells of a working prison, try out oakum picking and take their daily exercise in the Airing Yard.

The programme welcomed 1800 KS2 pupils from cross Northern Ireland in the first six months since it launched.
The programme is 2 hours in length and runs from 10.30-12.30.

To Book or enquire about the Education Programme at Crumlin Road Gaol contact
Amelia Deehan
Education Officer
Crumlin Road Gaol
T: +44 (0)28 9074 1500