A SCHEME which helps children and young people engage with outdoor learning has been shortlisted for a national award.

Thousands of children from Reading and West Berkshire receive help through the Ufton Court education charity.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) has recognised the significant impact of the initiative to inspire young people.

Fiona Craig, managing director at Ufton Court, said she was humbled to be nominated.

She added: "Learning outside of the classroom can play a significant role in the development of young people, especially for those most in need, and is something I am deeply passionate about.

"It is great to see so many fantastic initiatives celebrated in these awards and I look forward to seeing momentum grow even more for the role we can play in education.”

The charity's most recent initiative was 'Ufton Adventure' and offered children with special educational needs or disability the chance to take part.

Elaine Skates, chief exectuive of CLOtC, said: “We believe every child should be given the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up.

"It is clear that Fiona is making great strides forward to make this happen, helping LOtC to grow and flourish.”

The winners will be announced on November 16.