Learning at the Lock

Our flagship education programme for key stages one and two, "Learning at the Lock" includes activities such as working locks, canal trips and inside knowledge of life in canals' commercial heyday.

Around 1000 children take part every year in the programme .

We welcome school visits each year to a day of fun, history and hands - on learning

For more detailed information for teachers, click here

Waterways Renaissance Awards 2007

We're very proud of Learning at the Lock, so it was with huge pleasure that we had reason to celebrate in March 2007 when it beat formidable competition to win the Education Category of the Waterways Renaissance Awards. 

The awards are organised by The Waterways Trust (now part of Canal and River Trust) and the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) to recognise best practice in UK waterways improvements. Many applications came from organisations great and small engaged in different aspects of waterways related activity. 

Learning at the Lock was also "Highly Commended" in the Community category, the first time one candidate has been recognised in two categories. 

For an operation as small as ours, this was almost unbelievable. The credit, of course, went to Elaine Dalzell, then the Education Programme Leader. But it's shared by all our volunteers, who give so much of their time to help put on such a special show for the children.

Rob Moore, recently retired head of history at St Martin's School, now has the reins as Education Programme Leader.  

Teacher's quotes

"Excellent, well planned and resourced. The children do not stop talking about this day". (Orley Farm School)

"My class had an amazing time and I am gleaming with joy for it was a super successful trip".

"In my 25 years of teaching I have to say that this was the best. The content and the organisation was faultless ..... Beyond impressive that you have so many dedicated volunteers". (Beis Chinuch School)

Children's quotes

"Thank you for the fabulous time at the wicked place Batchworth Lock"

"Thank you for having me, I had the best school trip ever".

"Thank you for treating us with the wonderful and exciting time at Batchworth Lock. I really enjoyed doing the washing".

"I liked it when we went on the Roger because I liked learning about how they cooked stuff. It makes me hungry".

"When we were opening the lock, on one side it was more water and on the other side it was less water and I want to come back again".

"The loks war orsm".

To find out more email education@rwt.org.uk