This seminar is aimed at Educational Visit Coordinators, or other teachers with a significant part of that role (Directors of Sport, Heads of Outdoor Education).
The focus will principally be upon potentially hazardous activities, such as sports fixtures and tours, ski trips, outdoor education and cultural visits overseas. It will look at the special responsibilities incurred by residential trips.
The course is based on the National Guidance produced by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel. 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. The content of this guidance is endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive, and also by the National Association of Head Teachers. A section of the seminar is devoted to Government advice and the Panel’s guidance in light of recent terrorist attacks.
The seminar is dually certified by PALOES and the OEAP.
- The role and responsibilities of the EVC and Visit Leader
- Consideration of resources (HSE, AALA, OEAP)
- Sports and cultural tours - hosting and accommodation arrangements
- Legal perspectives
- Resources and information for the EVC to provide Visit Leader training
- Risk benefit analysis and management
- Awareness of recent incidents
- Preparing for Inspection
- School policy documentation
- Transport issues and minibuses
- Outdoor expeditions
- Contracting to Third Parties
- Staff to Pupil Ratios
- Emergency Procedures exercise
- Assessing competency of leaders and assistants
- Threat due to terrorism