Preparation for School Trips

for School Trip Leaders & Co-ordinators; Outdoor Education Co-ordinators Monday 31st October 2016

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street (Royal Mile) Edinburgh EG! 1TH (location map)
Date:   31/10/2016
Course timings:   10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. including lunch. Registration from 9.30 a.m.
Cost:   £95 for 1 day.

This two day programme is relevant to all teachers leading schools trips and School Trip Co-ordinators, and essential training for all teachers taking responsibility for a school trip for the first time.

The programme aims:

  • To raise awareness of current issues and best practice
  • To help schools to comply with local and national requirements
  • To ensure all necessary steps have been taken to lead to a trouble free trip

The course will be led by Dr Susan Hamilton and Anne Darling, Child Protection Consultants, with input from colleagues in the sector with a wealth of experience in leading school trips, expeditions and exchanges at home and abroad.

Day 1 Preparing for Residential School Trips at Home and Abroad
Through presentations, case studies and discussion, delegates will:-

  • Consider best practice in school trips and exchange visits and working with host families
  • Be informed of the legal issues applicable to school visits
  • Examine the procedures following a medical emergency
  • Understand the issues regarding medical confidentiality and consent
  • Gain access to resource materials to assist in the planning of school visits including risk assessments
  • Consider evaluation strategies for school visits
  • Be informed of what to expect if investigated for a breach of Health and Safety legislation.

The SCIS course takes into account the national guidance ‘Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits’, developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE) and Education Scotland, which provides a toolkit of risk assessment forms and other relevant pro-formas. 

Please register as soon as possible and by Friday 21 October at the latest.

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NB  Day 2 Safeguarding Pupils on School Trips: (please make separate registration for this day, Friday 27 January 2017 : 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. followed by lunch)

£60 for this half day course.

The aims of this half day course are to:

  • Build on your experience, identify your issues, and be aware of the safeguarding and child protection context of school trips
  • Enhance your skills to screen information, apply thresholds, and take appropriate action
  • Understand the guidance on recording and information sharing, and the procedures to follow.
  • Examine the risks posed by E-technology to pupils and be aware of the curriculum implications.



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