Managing outdoor learning – establishment roles and their interdependence

Managing outdoor learning – establishment roles and their interdependence

Part of legal framework and employer systems guidance

Section three of OEAP National Guidance contains guidance to help employers establish appropriate systems for managing outdoor learning, off-site visits and Learning Outside the Classroom. It includes descriptions of key roles and responsibilities, with personalised checklists for some roles.

It also includes guidance about aspects of the law that apply to outdoor learning, off-site visits and Learning Outside the Classroom.

Called legal framework and employer systems, it covers

  • Employer systems and requirements
  • Legal framework
  • Personalised check-lists
  • Roles and responsibilities.

The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) produces National Guidance, which provides comprehensive support for the management of high-quality outdoor learning, educational visits and adventurous activities.

An excellent starting point for this collection of outdoor education guidance is the document 3.1b Establishment roles and their inter-dependence

Who it’s for

This document provides an overview of the roles relevant to outdoor learning and off-site visits typically found in establishments, and their inter-dependence.

The roles and the information relevant to them include:-

  • Management Boards/Governing Bodies
  • Heads/Managers
  • Educational Visit Coordinators
  • Visit and Activity Leaders
  • Assistant Leaders
  • Helpers
  • Volunteers.

“Establishments without these specific roles should interpret the guidance to meet their particular circumstances, ensuring that the key requirements and recommendations are met.”


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