Welcome to OEAP’s National Guidance – helping you balance the benefits & risks of visits & activities.

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Guidance documents are organised into eight folders. You can browse these using the Contents menu above, or by clicking below.


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If you are an Employer, Governor, Head or Manager, Visit Leader, Assistant Leader, EVC or Parent, find the key documents for your role using Essential Guidance in the menu above, or by clicking below.



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OEAP Training

EVC Training
National Courses for your role as visit coordinator in your school.

Visit Leader training
Specific courses to ensure your visits are well planned and delivered Inspiring Activities.

Learning Cards
Outdoor Learning Cards (OLC) and Environmental Learning Cards (ELC) to allow your staff to take your curriculum outdoors.

For more information visit OEAP Training

About OEAP

This guidance has been written for employers to adopt as their policy, and guidance for their staff to use. Employers who adopt this guidance should have a policy document that directs staff to use this guidance, and sets out their specific arrangements for staff training, access to advice, notification or approval of visits, and monitoring.
  • Copyright

    The copyright of the material in this website is owned by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel. You may use any of the content in your own publications, at your own risk, but please acknowledge OEAP National Guidance as the source.

    You are welcome to create links to the website or any page of the website. If you wish to link to a specific document, we recommend that you link to its landing page (via the blue button), as this link will remain correct even when we have updated the document. If you link directly to the downloadable version of the document, the link will break if the document is updated.

  • Disclaimer

    Where this guidance offers advice on legal issues, this is given to the best of our understanding.

    It is not offered as a definitive legal interpretation and is not a substitute for formal legal advice.

    If formal advice is required you should consult your own legal counsel.

  • Red Tape

    None of this guidance constitutes red tape.

    It is about how to plan your visit or activity so that those taking part enjoy a valuable learning experience where the risks are properly managed. It is not about form filling for form filling’s sake. Where the guidance recommends record keeping, this is to help with your planning and/or audit trails.

    The guidance can also help employers to simplify their systems and reduce red tape.

Endorsements of NG