Coronavirus

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We have revised OEAP National Guidance document 4.4k Coronavirus to take account of the most recent UK Government guidance update.  We have also revised OEAP National Guidance document 7r Overseas Visits for the same reason, and have taken the opportunity of this revision to give more prominence to considering the environmental implications of travelling overseas.

You can download the coronavirus guidance here and the overseas visits guidance here.

Travelling to EU countries

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The European Union has created an app and website Re-open EU, which provides information on the various measures in place in each EU country, including quarantine and testing, the EU Digital COVID certificate, and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps.

We have amended OEAP National Guidance documents 4.4k Coronavirus and 7r Overseas Visits to refer to it.

Overseas Visits

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The Department for Education has advised that schools, Further Education providers, Higher Education providers and out-of-school settings should consider whether to go ahead with any planned international educational visits, recognising the risk of disruption to education resulting from the need to isolate and test on arrival back into the UK.

We have amended OEAP National Guidance documents 4.4k Coronavirus and 7r Overseas Visits accordingly.

Catering

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We have amended four OEAP National Guidance documents to draw attention to the importance of considering potential allergies when providing catering for young people on educational visits, with specific reference to the new “Natasha’s Law“.

The amended documents are:

3.2a Underpinning Legal Framework and Duty of Care

3.3e Checklist – Visit Leader

4.2b Residentials

6o FAQ: Allergies and Anaphylaxis (which has also been revised and renamed to cover allergies more generally).

Coronavirus and Educational Visits

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We have updated OEAP National Guidance document 4.4k Coronavirus to reflect the most recent changes in government guidance in both England and Wales.  The revised guidance also:

  • highlights the fact that the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are not part of the UK and have their own coronavirus regulations;
  • provides guidance about when parents, volunteers etc. who do not normally work in the establishment take part in a visit;
  • points out that the government’s Risk Protection Arrangement for schools does now have some COVID cover.

We have amended OEAP National Guidance documents 4.2b Residential Visits, 7r Overseas Visits and 7q Overseas Expeditions accordingly, and to reflect the fact that DfE and the Welsh Government no longer advise against residentials or overseas visits.

You can download the revised Coronavirus guidance here.

Sepsis

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Knowing how to identify sepsis can save lives.  Young people often function normally as an illness develops and then experience a sudden and rapid deterioration.

In recent years two young people have died from sepsis on educational visits.  It’s important that your visit leadership team knows how to identify the signs and what to do.  We have therefore created a new OEAP National Guidance document, 7.2a Sepsis, with the help of the UK Sepsis Trust.

You can download the new guidance here.