27th November 2009
A new scheme launched by Schools Minister Diana Johnson aims to cut red tape to make school trips and learning outside the classroom even easier.

The Learning Outside Scheme launched by the government aims to highlight the benefits of school trips, helping to support pupils knowledge, understanding and skills beyond the classroom walls. The new guidance will aim to

-help teachers and other staff to keep children safe by outlining their duties and giving helpful advice
-help cut red tape by providing sample checklist forms to help save time
-give teachers and others more confidence to organise trips by highlighting helpful schemes like the Quality Badge
-highlight how employers should support their staff in the event of a child being hurt, so fears of legal action can be reduced.

Schools Minister Diana Johnson, outlined:
“We hope that this guidance will make life easier for teachers and break down some of the myths around being sued. The support and help will hopefully give them the confidence to organise school trips for the benefit and enjoyment of their pupils.”
The Health and Safety of Learners Outside the Classroom (HASLOC) guidance provides straightforward advice and useful information for teachers and educational visits organisers planning off-site activities. Taking on board feedback from schools and local authorities, the guidance is now much shorter, condensing four documents published in 1998 and 2002 into one, and is designed to be read as and when needed.
This new project builds on the Quality Badge Scheme for providers, launched earlier this year, which cuts the paperwork that schools and others will need before organising visits to badged organisations and venues.

Adaptable Travel are soon to be announced as a fully fledged School Travel Forum and Learning Outside the Classroom badge holder, in recognition of our hard work in ensuring the highest possible safety standards.

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