New DfE Guidance on Educational Visits released

30th November, 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has just released new Guidance on health and safety on school trips, covering using outside organisations; adventure activities; trips abroad; knowing what to do in an emergency; evaluating trips and the need for schools to appoint an educational visits coordinator and ensure they have the training they need. You can find the full guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits

The guidance is fully in line with the Norfolk educational visits support services provided by Educator Solutions which include advice and support on all aspects of educational visits from an expert outdoor learning adviser; access to a visit planning system and a range of training for educational visit coordinators. Details can be found at here.

The guidance links to Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel National Guidance http://oeapng.info, which gives comprehensive advice on all aspects of educational visits. The DfE guidance also endorses the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’s Quality Badge, the national accreditation which ensures providers have the appropriate safety standards and liability insurance in place.

Welcoming the new guidance, Graham Lodge Adviser for Outdoor Learning, said “We believe that every child in every school should have access to a comprehensive programme of high quality outdoor learning, educational visits and adventurous activities as an integral part of a compelling school curriculum.” 

Graham Lodge continued “OEAP has worked closely with DfE to help ensure that the new publication gives schools a great starting point in finding out how to organise high quality educational visits with a minimum of red tape. I am also pleased that the DfE has recognised the value of the LOtC accreditation and is encouraging schools to seek it out when planning their school trips and visits. It is the only national award that endorses good quality education provision and effective risk management across all types of learning outside the classroom provider – from museums to galleries, farms to nature reserves, adventure centres to overseas expeditions.”

Educator Solutions’ outdoor learning centres Whitlingham Adventure and Holt Hall both hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

The new guidance recommends that every school should appoint an Educational Visits Co-ordinator and that they should have access to training, advice and guidance. As well as the Educational Visits advice and support service, Educator Solutions provides a comprehensive programme of training for educational visit coordinators and visit leaders including:

  • Educational Visits Coordinator training
  • Education Visits Admin Support training
  • Emergency Management training
  • Visit Leader training (Theory & Practical).
  • Residential Visits Leader training
  • Overseas & Exchange Visits training
  • Snowsport Course Organiser

For further information:

www.educatorsolutions.org.uk/product/educational-visits/

www.whitlinghamadventure.org.uk

www.holthall.org.uk

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