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

In Praise of the Storm Shelter

Posted: Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Storm shelters can be referred to as mountain shelters, bothy bags or group shelters, but essentially it is the same piece of equipment.

Although they may seem cumbersome at first, and the appearance of another group using them may even seem humorous as they flap about high on a hill, they have a place which should be considered by your expedition groups. 

Imagine them as hungry. It is lunchtime and they really should stop and replenish the fuel for the energy systems, but it is cold and wet, and to do so could make them even colder. These are the circumstances in which a storm shelter can be the answer. Combined with a mat to sit on, and a spot slightly out of the wind, almost immediate relief can be found from the conditions. The more bodies inside the shelter then the quicker everyone will warm up, and there will be enough time to take on the much needed calories. 

Storm shelters come in a few sizes, from one or two capacity, up to eight to ten. Having one... more

Latest Articles

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

Scenario: Guiseley Battlefields Trip

Posted Fri, 18 Dec 2015

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

PALOES Books of the Year 2015

Posted Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Our top 5 books of the year