Overseas Visits

Specialist activities and visits

We have amended document 7r Overseas Visits.

The sections on Passports and Visas and Health have been updated, partly to include information about possible changes following Brexit.  The section on Parental Consent has also been revised, and addresses the fact that visit leaders have occasionally been asked to provide evidence of consent from all those with parental responsibility for some children when crossing borders.

You can download the revised document here.

 

Unaccompanied Expeditions

Specialist activities and visits

We have created a new National Guidance document 7k Unaccompanied Expeditions.  This brings together all information about unaccompanied expeditions into one place, and has enabled us to reduce the previously rather lengthy document 7b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions so that the latter is now specifically about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

You can find both documents in the Specialist Activities and Visits section of the National Guidance website.

Revisions to National Guidance Documents

Frequently Asked Questions Legal Framework Legal Framework and Employer Systems Planning and Preparation Specialist activities and visits

Since the 30th May 2019 we have made the following changes:

Minor amendments:
 |  8b English Homestay Information Form (PDF Version)
 |  8a English Homestay Information Form (Microsoft Word Version)
 |  6c FAQs: Duty of care when working with providers
 |  3.2d / 4.4a Approval of Leaders
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, visit leader
 |  3.2i Contracts and Waivers
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, visit leader
 |  4.3d Parental Consent
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, parents, visit leader
 |  4.4j Participant Information and Data Protection
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, parents, visit leader
 |  8q Provider Statement - Word Version
 |  8p Provider Statement
 |  3.2a Underpinning Legal Framework and Duty of Care
Role: employer, evc, governors, head/manager, LA Officer, Outdoor Education Adviser
 |  6q FAQs: Mixed Groups and Staff Gender
 |  7j Weather and Group Safety

Revised documents:
 |  1b Foundations
Role: assistant leader, employer, essential, evc, governors, head/manager, LA Officer, Outdoor Education Adviser, parents, visit leader
 |  7b Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions
 |  3.2d / 4.4a Approval of Leaders
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, visit leader
 |  3.3e Checklist - Visit Leader
Role: visit leader
 |  4.4d Medication
Role: evc, head/manager, Outdoor Education Adviser, visit leader
 |  5.1c Self evaluation and the Ofsted framework
Role: evc, head/manager

New documents:
 |  6s FAQs: Events Organised by Parents

Deleted documents:
5.3a Writing policies to reduce bureaucracy for routine off-site activities and visits

Update Table
This shows the recent updates and previous documents revision history
 |  Table-of-Amendments-Sept19.pdf

Overseas Visits

Frequently Asked Questions Good practice Planning and Preparation Specialist activities and visits

We have amended 7r Overseas Visits to include advice about visits to countries where there is a risk of crime or terrorism.

Alongside this, we have created a new document 4.4e Terrorism to replace 6k FAQs: Visits and the Threat from Terrorism, which had developed into a guidance document rather than a FAQ.

6k FAQs: Visits and the Threat from Terrorism is now a straightforward FAQ, referring you to other sources of information.

Exchanges and Homestays

Executing the plan Good practice Planning and Preparation Specialist activities and visits

We have amended 7f Exchanges and Homestays in response to requests for more clarity about monitoring and supervision on homestays.  The amendments have reflected our thinking in recent updates of 4.4h Using External Providers and Facilities (seeing homestay hosts as providers) and 4.2a Group management and Supervision (more clarity about roles and responsibilities).

New Guidance from the Department for Education

Basic Essentials Emergencies Evaluation and reviewing Executing the plan Good practice Model Forms Must Read National Guidance Personalised check lists Planning and Evaluation Planning and Preparation Policies planning and evaluation Roles and responsibilities Specialist activities and visits

The Department for Education (DfE) has revised its guidance “Health & Safety on Educational Visits“.  You can view the guidance here.

The guidance provides a summary of eight key points for organising educational visits, and refers the reader to OEAP’s National Guidance, which provides greater detail on each of these points.  To read the more detailed guidance, follow the links below:

  1. The 2 main types of trips:  4.3c Risk management – an overview  |  1b Foundations  |   5.2b Planning Basics for Outdoor Learning, Off Site Visits and Learning Outside the Classroom | 4.3f Risk  management – some practical advice
  2. When to get consent from parents:  4.3d Parental Consent
  3. Using outside organisations:  4.4h Using external providers and facilities  |  4.4f Assessing an adventure activity provider check list
  4. Adventure activities: caving, climbing, trekking, and watersports:  3.2f AALA Licensing  |  4.4f Assessing an adventure activity provider check list7a Adventure activities  |  3.2d / 4.4a Approval of Leaders  | 7o Natural Water Bathing  | 7x Swimming Pools
  5. Trips abroad:  7q Overseas expeditions |  7r Overseas visits
  6. Knowing what to do in an emergency:  4.1h Avoiding Accidents and Emergencies  |  4.1i Emergencies and Critical Incidents – An Overview   |  4.1k Visit Leader Emergency Checklist | 4.1j Off-Site Visit Emergencies: The Role of School Governors  |  4.1l / 8.1l Visit Leader Emergency Action Card – amendable version
  7. Evaluating trips:  6d FAQs: Retention of Documents  | 5.1a Establishment Self Evaluation Form  | 5.1c Learning outside and off-site visits: self evaluation using the Ofsted framework
  8. Educational visits coordinators:  3.4j Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC)  |  3.3a EVC check list