How OEAP National Guidance can help you plan learning outside the classroom activities safely

How OEAP National Guidance can help you plan learning outside the classroom activities safely

: Covid-19 : DBS checks : Educational visits : Leadership roles : Legal considerations : Management and supervision : Offsite visits : Outdoor learning : Overseas visits : Policies : Residential visits : Risk management NewsBlog

The benefits of referring to National Guidance – and how to find the right documents

National Guidance has been developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) to help you organise high quality outdoor learning, adventurous activities and educational visits including residential and overseas visits.

How to use National Guidance

OEAP’s National Guidance comprises a set of documents providing information and guidance.

There are three fundamental documents that will help you to understand National Guidance, and which should be read by all users:

1a “Glossary and Definitions”
1b “Foundations”
1c “Status, Remit and Rationale”


Finding your way around

There are three ways to find information on OEAP’s National Guidance website:

  1. Browsing the Contents

The OEAP’s National Guidance documents are organised into eight folders each covering a broad theme. You can scroll down the National Guidance page or select National Guidance Contents in the National Guidance menu, to find links to each folder.

There is also a link to View all documents. This shows all the documents in numerical order, which may be useful if you know the number of the document you are looking for.

  1. Browsing by Role

Some of the documents have been identified as essential reading for different roles. To find the documents that are essential for your role, use:

  • the View roles link on the National Guidance page;
  • or the Guidance for Your Role list on some other pages;
  • or Guidance by Role in the National Guidance menu.
  1. Searching

Use the Search National Guidance function on the National Guidance page to enter the word or phrase you are looking for.  A search will find all guidance documents containing your search term in its title or on its information page.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, or if the search produces a lot of results, you may need to use an alternative or more specific search term.


An introduction to OEAP National Guidance »

The importance of Outdoor Learning during the pandemic

The importance of Outdoor Learning during the pandemic

: Covid-19 : Offsite visits : Outdoor learning NewsBlog

Coronavirus guidance

Guidance for planning and managing outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available as a National Guidance download.

It must be read within the context of current government guidance. It is essential that current government guidance is followed. It should therefore be monitored for any changes. You must also follow any guidance issued by your employer.

Learning outdoors has many educational and health benefits in normal times. In addition, during the pandemic:

  • The risk of infection is reduced outdoors;
  • ‘Social distancing’ is often easier to maintain outside;
  • Being outdoors in natural settings has a positive impact on mental health and well-being.

Research commissioned by Natural England has found that coronavirus has had a negative impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing, and demonstrates the positive role of nature in supporting children’s well-being.


Download National Guidance document 4.4k Coronavirus »

This document provides advice on planning and managing outdoor learning and off-site visits during the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic.  Plans for all visits and activities should take this guidance into account.

4.2a “Group Management and Supervision”, 4.2b “Residentials”4.3e “Safeguarding” and 7q “Overseas Expeditions”.

An introduction to National Guidance »