This training is certified by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel. It is based on their National Guidance and resources. Adopting National Guidance removes the need for each school to write and maintain their own comprehensive guidance (School Visits Policy) and gives users easy access to regularly updated and nationally recognised guidance. This seminar is suitable for all Educational Visits Coordinators, including those newly appointed – or teachers aspiring to this role. It is also appropriate for other teachers, such as Directors of Sport and Heads of Outdoor Education, who regularly deal with off-site activities.
The focus will principally be upon potentially hazardous activities, such as tours, ski trips, outdoor education, field work, cultural visits, overseas trips and sports fixtures. However, it will consider all off-site trips. It will look at the special responsibilities incurred by residential trips. The content of this guidance is endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive, and also by the National Association of Head Teachers. A section of the seminar is devoted to Government advice and the Panel’s guidance in light of recent terrorist attacks.
All OEAP courses are inclusive of certification fees.
- The role and responsibilities of the EVC and Visit Leader
- Consideration of resources (HSE, AALA, OEAP)
- Sports and cultural tours – hosting and accommodation arrangements
- Legal perspectives
- Resources and information for the EVC to provide Visit Leader training
- Awareness of recent incidents – some scenarios
- Preparing for Inspection
- School policy documentation
- Transport issues and minibuses
- Outdoor expeditions
- Contracting to Third Parties
- Staff to Pupil Ratios
- Emergency Procedures exercise
- Assessing competency of leaders and assistants
- Threats owing to terrorism