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Covid 19 - educational visits

Below is the government's advice regarding school visits (Dec 2020)

Domestic (UK) overnight educational visits

We continue to advise against domestic (UK) overnight educational visits.

The department recognises the enormous benefits overnight residential educational visits can provide for children.

In February 2021, we will review the possibility of changing our advice for overnight residential education visits to resume from Easter 2021 on the proviso the scientific evidence supports any such change.

This advice will therefore be reviewed and updated again in February 2021


Non-overnight domestic educational visits

During the autumn term schools have been able to take pupils on non-overnight domestic educational visits. This should include visits for pupils with SEND connected with their preparation for adulthood (for example, workplace visits or travel training). Schools should also make use of outdoor spaces in the local area to support the delivery of the curriculum.

As normal, schools should undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they are planned and carried out safely and in line with relevant national and local restriction tier guidance protective measures, such as keeping children within their consistent group and any coronavirus (COVID-19) secure measures on transport and at the destination.

Schools should consult the health and safety guidance on educational visits when considering visits and make sure that the appropriate insurance arrangements are in place.