Welcome to the Professional Association of Leaders of Outdoor Education & Educational Visit Coordinators in Schools

PALOES is a not for profit organisation, which exists to enhance the quality of leadership and management of outdoor adventure education in schools.

This body which is endorsed by The National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, supports the work of teachers responsible for leading outdoor programmes in schools of all types.  It aims to help these teachers to enhance their leadership and management abilities and to be more effective in delivering a programme to meet the needs of the Twenty First century.

PALOES will provide an environment to encourage the development of strategic vision, together with the application of leadership skills. The place of outdoor adventure education in schools, and the expectation of parents, continues to change and evolve.  PALOES aims to encourage reflection, discussion, the sharing of information and the adaptation of leadership education.

The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel issues National Guidance for off-site trips. Adopting National Guidance removes the need for each employer or establishment to write and maintain their own comprehensive guidance and gives users easy access to regularly updated and nationally recognised guidance. This group of about 100 experienced professionals in England and Wales are generally attached to a Local Authority. PALOES has a member that sits on the Panel and represents the interests of Independent Schools.

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Latest Blog Post

Are your school’s residentials brilliant? Autumn Term 2016 survey

Posted: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (OEAP) is a member of the Learning Away Consortium and is supporting the ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign. The campaign is promoting and championing school trips with an overnight stay and disseminating the compelling findings of the Learning Away programme. 

The ‘Brilliant Residentials’ campaign aims to increase the number of residential trips taking place across the UK and improve the quality of residential experiences. 

We would be very grateful if you could complete a short online survey (which should take no more than 5 minutes). This survey should be completed for any residential that took place during the autumn term 2016.

The sort of information we will be able to provide you with is on the two documents attached to this page. 

The deadline for the completion of this survey is Easter. The survey is here.  When completing the survey you will be asked for 5 figure ‘identification code’. Your code is AW101.... more

Latest Articles

Rescuers say £5 bivvy bag probably saved lives of stranded Cairn Gorm walkers

Posted Wed, 15 Mar 2017

A rescue team leader said a couple who spent the night on a Highland mountain probably owe their lives to their plastic bivvy bag.

Scenario: Guiseley Battlefields Trip

Posted Sat, 18 Feb 2017

Group of 50 pupils and staff from school in Leeds had been taken to hospitals in Belgium, suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea.

Transforming Outdoor Learning In Schools

Posted Wed, 21 Dec 2016

Natural Connections was a four year project (2012 to 2016) funded by Defra, Natural England and Historic England, and delivered by Plymouth University

Water Safety In Camp: The Six Pillars

Posted Wed, 21 Dec 2016

Maintaining good hygiene is an important part of outdoor life. Being ill while camping or travelling is a very unpleasant ordeal, particularly if it involves vomiting or diarrhoea.

ISI Inspection Information for Heads

Posted Tue, 19 Jan 2016

Guidelines of what inspectors will require from a school regarding their off-site visits

Festive Risk Advice

Posted Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Advice for those headed out over the Christmas period