4.5e Hiring a coach

Good practice Transport

Do you find that choosing one coach company over another is an impossible task when you have no specialist transport knowledge?

Help is now at hand.  There are questions you can ask, and documents you can request, that will help to make that task far simpler.  The new document 4.5e Hiring a coach takes you through them, and offers a number of pointers towards good practice in the use of coach transport.

You can download the document here.

New Document: 1b Foundations

Basic Essentials

We have created a new document, 1b Foundations, to explain the ideas that underpin the rest of the guidance.  1b Foundations takes you step by step through the thinking that will help you to ensure that you have the right leaders doing the right activities with the right young people in the right places at the right time – the key to any successful outdoor learning, off-site visits, and learning outside the classroom.

You can download 1b Foundations here.

Previously we relied upon the radar graph to explain this, but it has become clear that the radar works best in a training or induction setting, where it can be used as an interactive tool to encourage discussion.   The graph on its own can be easily misinterpreted.

You can still find the original radar document on the National Guidance Website.  It is now located in a new section: Training Resources.

Financial Support for National Guidance

Essential

OEAP is determined to continue to provide National Guidance, and to keep it regularly updated. We think it is vital that this resource remains free to all who wish to use it.

We therefore welcome offers of financial support from organisations committed to providing freely-available guidance in support of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom. This support is offered altruistically as it confers no influence or control over any aspect of NG beyond contributing to its continued existence.

OEAP is therefore pleased to announce that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has joined the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and the School Travel Forum (STF) as organisations who have agreed to contribute to the cost of maintaining and updating this resource.

We have added a new page to the “About” tab on the National Guidance home page where we list the organisations who provide financial support for National Guidance.  You can view the page here.

Amendable versions of emergency action cards

Emergencies

Three of the emergency action cards available on the National Guidance website have space for contact numbers and other user-entered information, but, as they are PDFs, they must be printed for the information to be entered manually.

By popular request, we have also made them available as amendable Microsoft Word documents.  You can now customise them for your own needs and add additional information before printing.

The new versions are:

4.1l / 8.1l Visit Leader Emergency Action Card – amendable version

4.1m / 8.1m First Contact Emergency Action Card – amendable version

4.1n / 8.1n Establishment Management Emergency Action Card – amendable version

High Quality Outdoor Learning

Making the case Research and reports

The English Outdoor Council published its new guide: High Quality Outdoor Learning in 2015.  The guide is now available as a PDF for download.

It outlines the benefits of working in outdoor contexts and has been written to help evaluate, and set about improving, or further improving, the quality of outdoor learning.  In support of this, it identifies ten key outcomes of outdoor learning, with a range of indicators attributed to each one.

You can download the guide here.

Drinking, drugs and smoking

Specialist activities and visits

Do any of the young people that you work with smoke, drink alcohol regularly or misuse drugs?  If they do, this could manifest itself on an off-site visit, especially a residential one. Also some young people may be tempted, either through curiosity or peer influence, to use opportunities presented on a residential visit to experiment with these substances.

Managing the potential use/misuse of alcohol, drugs and smoking also applies to adult participants, leaders and helpers. Some of the adults may be regular smokers, drinkers or recreational drug users and their habits and expectations may need to be managed.

We have created a new National Guidance document: 7p Drinking, drugs and smoking, which provides guidance on some of the questions to consider when planning a visit and some strategies for management.  You can download the new document here.

Keeping National Guidance Free

Essential

OEAP is determined to continue to provide National Guidance, and to keep it regularly updated. We think it is vital that this resource remains free to all who wish to use it.

We therefore welcome offers of financial support from organisations committed to providing freely-available guidance in support of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom. This support is offered altruistically as it confers no influence or control over any aspect of NG beyond contributing to its continued existence.

OEAP is therefore pleased to announce that the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the School Travel Forum have agreed to contribute to the cost of maintaining and updating this resource.

Updated Foreign Office advice on travel to France

Emergencies Frequently Asked Questions

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its advice about school travel to France.

The FCO now recommends that British schools planning to take groups to France between now and 6 December follow the updated French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel to the Ile-de-France region (including the metropolitan area of Paris). The French Ministry of Education has stated that journeys travelling through the Ile-de-France region but not stopping are permitted, and that trips to the rest of France are now allowed.  You can read the full FCO advice here.

There is National Guidance advice on visits to places where there is a risk of terrorism – please see the document 6k FAQs: Visits and the threat from terrorism.  You can download it here.