Did you know that, with the exception of nursery age children, schools are not required to obtain consent from parents for pupils to participate in off-site activities that take place during school hours and which are a normal part of a child’s education, such as local studies and visits to a museum or library etc.?
After a query about this from an Educational Visits Coordinator, we have revisited the National Guidance document 4.3d Parental consent to clarify what the law requires. You can download the revised document here.
We took the opportunity to separate out our guidance about the collection and dissemination of information about participants. This guidance is now in a new document 4.4j Participant information. You can download it here.
There was a knock-on effect to what we say in 3.4n Guidance for Parents, so we have amended that too. You can download the revised version here.