Providing educational experiences for pupils outside the classroom is an essential part of the school curriculum. We support schools in seeking to maximise the opportunities for all pupils to enjoy a variety of educational excursions. There are many types of experiences that can be undertaken – cultural visits, subject learning applied in an outdoor environment, outdoor activities, environmental projects, national awards such as ASDAN, John Muir or Duke of Edinburgh Award, and residential excursions at home and abroad. Schools are encouraged to examine the breadth and progression of opportunity they provide, as well as seeking to match it to the needs of the individual pupils. Each educational establishment should aspire to a structured programme across its year range, to permit this wealth of experience to take place.
The Excursion Policy for Education details the procedures that must be adopted in the management and organisation of excursions to both enhance the educational quality and to minimise any associated risks. Approval of excursions requires judgement on skills, experience and competence. It is the role of the Headteacher to make the final decision on whether an excursion proceeds.