OEAP is the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel

The OEAP leads in the delivery of high quality Educational and Offsite Visits training for schools and youth establishments.

OEAP Members provide up to date and relevant training and our reputation for excellence has been built up over many years.

Our training courses are developed and reviewed by OEAP members, using their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Only OEAP members can run accredited OEAP courses, badged with the OEAP logo.

Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training (EVC) from OEAP

Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training (EVC)

EVC training is for staff members who oversee the planning and management of visits for schools and other establishments.

This course was developed with support from the Department of Education and has been delivered since 2003. The DfE recommend that: ‘Schools should appoint an educational visits coordinator and make sure they have the training they need.’ (Guidance: Health and safety on educational Visits, DfE, 2018).

The course delivers core messages that develop the skills and expertise of the EVC ensuring that the planning, management and oversight of educational visits meets appropriate standards and links to the delivery of high quality outcomes.

Visit Leader Training (VLT) from OEAP

Visit Leader Training (VL)

Visit Leader Training is for those staff who plan and lead visits or who are looking to lead or support visits in the future.

Having your staff appropriately trained is the best way to ensure and evidence that they are developing their competence to lead educational visits. This course grew from EVC training and aims to provide an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and run an educational visit.

VL training is a two part course. There is the choice to opt for just part 1 or to undertake both parts:

  • Part 1 – Is a theoretical course covering all the elements required to equip staff to lead visits.
  • Part 2 – Is an optional course which looks at the complexities and range of visits delivered by schools and other establishments. It is a practical course enhanced by delivery in outdoor settings.

Outdoor and Environmental Learning Cards

These resources provide a range of activities that can support schools and other youth organisations in the delivery of outdoor and environmental learning.

Training and support in the use of these resources and how they can contribute to your curriculum and outdoor learning programmes can be sourced through an OEAP Adviser or Course Director.

Both sets of resources received the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom ‘Resource Provider Award’ and are available from Harvey Maps.

Management of an Offsite Visit Emergency (Move) from OEAP

Management of an Offsite Visit Emergency (MoVE)

This training is designed for the senior leadership team in schools, academies, youth and other educational establishments on how to manage off-site emergencies.

This training is designed for the senior leadership team in schools, academies, youth and other educational establishments on how to manage off-site emergencies.

The vast majority of school visits pass every year without any incident or accident, however, it is always good practice to plan effectively in case an unexpected incident. This two-hour session for senior leaders ensures your school emergency plans are aligned to manage an off-site visit emergency.

The course has been developed as a result of lessons learned from a number of different emergency incidents over the last few years. This training might never be used but provides reassurance that if an event overwhelms a group on a visit there are procedures in place to support all those involved.

Book a course

To book one of our courses, please contact your OEAP Adviser. If you do not have an Adviser, please search for one using Find an Adviser.