New to outdoor education? This is the ideal place to start…

New to outdoor education? This is the ideal place to start…

Practical help and advice for educators, governors, parents, venues and providers

If you’re new to the area of outdoor education or learning outside the classroom, it can sometimes seem a little overwhelming with regard to aspects of health and safety, planning, organisation and so on.

The good news is that the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (also known as the OEAP) has put together a comprehensive package of help, advice and expertise called National Guidance.


A useful introduction is 1a Glossary and Definitions which will remove any uncertainty regarding terminology used in the sector.


When you’re ready to get going, the document 1b Foundations explains the OEAP National Guidance starting points for the planning and management of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom.

There are three basic premises:-

  1. Well planned and facilitated opportunities to learn in the real world, away from the classroom, and to experience adventure, help to improve the lives of young people.
  2. Facilitating learning outside or off-site does not need to be more difficult than inside a classroom. Planning and management should, therefore, be practical, proportionate and non-bureaucratic.
  3. The key to effective and successful outdoor learning and off-site visits is:
    The right leaders doing the right activities with the right young people in the right places at the right times.

The topics included will help you get off to a flying start – and will point you in the direction of further sector specific information that may vary depending on your role or status.

This invaluable overview covers a number of key topics, including:-

  • Good Practice
  • The ‘SAGE’ Variables – Staff, Activities, Group, Environment(s), as well as the Interplay of the SAGE Variables
  • Standard and Enhanced Planning and Management

The download also contains direct links a variety of other supporting OEAP National Guidance documents.


Download OEAP National Guidance document 1b Foundations »

An introduction to OEAP National Guidance »

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