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

Planning the Next Expedition

Posted: Friday, 04 March 2016


What better on a snowy winter morning than to plan your next expedition.


The planning is such a large part of the expedition, and can be almost as rewarding. For me it starts rather like the bidding process for the World Cup or Olympics. Several options are out on the table, quite literally if you have the space. For my own experience this coming summer, it was Utah and Idaho, Germany and Switzerland, or Scandinavia. Over a period of time the pros and cons of each are considered, and on a particular set date the options are gradually narrowed down until just one remains. Now, more in depth planning can be undertaken. This is perfect entertainment for the long winter evenings.


For those lucky enough to get the experience, the expedition is one the most memorable experiences of school life. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is particularly memorable as that element of adventure: age consideration is so much greater. Young people are engrossed by the... more

Latest Articles

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

Critical Incident Management - Scenarios

Posted Thu, 5 Nov 2015

Here is a sample of the sort of incident that will be discussed at our conferences next week.

Short Walks in Westmoreland

Posted Fri, 17 Apr 2015

a 2 hour saunter into moorland and a taste of life 4,500 years ago