School trips advice quick user guide rather than detailed manual (comment + poll)

4 Jul

Commenting on the DfE's new health and safety advice for activities on and off school premises, including school trips (pdf), Voice General Secretary Philip Parkin said:

“We broadly welcome the reduction in the amount of guidance, although we acknowledge that the previous guidance was built on years of experience and contained some valuable material that should not be lost forever.

“This is more of a quick user guide than a detailed manual. Teachers need to be confident that, by using their own sensible and proportionate procedures, they will be fully protected from the compensation culture which now prevails.

“Voice is committed to school trips, which are of enormous value in bringing education to life. They can provide life-changing experiences and challenges for those who take part in them. Safely conducted and properly supervised, education outside the classroom is an integral part of learning and children’s development.

“We advise Voice members organising educational visits to ensure that they have fully assessed the risks involved and made provision for this in their planning.”

www.voicetheunion.org.uk/trips

Does the new DfE’s health & safety guidance for schools give sufficient advice for activities on/off school premises, including school trips?

Poll result:

Does the new DfE’s health & safety guidance for schools give sufficient advice for activities on/off school premises, including school trips? (4-15 July 2011):

  • Yes: 33% (2 ) votes
  • No: 67% (4) votes
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One Response to “School trips advice quick user guide rather than detailed manual (comment + poll)”

  1. Jake Brown 05. Feb, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Quick, bite-size guidelines for organising educational school trips is great but there really is no replacement for learning from other people’s past experiences.

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