Safety & Support - Additional Guidance and External Bodies
Department for Education
The Government has long been committed to enabling all children and young people to reach their full potential. This begins with ensuring that all children and young people have the opportunity to experience educational excellence.
The Department for Education’s (DfE) previous objectives has been to ensure that they, these remain valid and of utmost importance:
- make children and young people happy and healthy
- keep them safe and sound
- give them a top class education
- help them stay on track
The Scottish Executive
A number of the tours we organise each year are for groups originating from Scotland. In line with the DfE, the Scottish Executive state that they are: "Determined that more young people experience the far-reaching benefits of outdoor education and we are working to help schools and pupils make the most of outdoor education." A general guide is available from the Scottish Executive "Health and Safety on Educational Excursions a Good Practice Guide". This guide has been issued to all local authorities and independent schools and you can download a copy here.
"Demystifying Risk Assessments"
The STF have produced a risk assessment guidance document called "Demystifying Risk Assessments"
The guide was written following continual requests from group leaders looking for assistance in completing their own risk assessments. It is important to remember to refer to your individual schools and LA guidelines and criteria when completing risk assessments.
However, this document, along with Rayburn Tours Generic Risk Assessment Handbook, can be used to assist you with the common basic principles of assessing risks and can be used to help you effectively consider your own management of risks.
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto
Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
Since its launch in November 2006, more than 1100 organisations and individuals have signed up in support of the Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom vision and aims.
Further information can be found via www.lotc.org.uk. Alternatively, you can download a copy here.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched the ‘Know Before You Go Campaign’ to offer guidance and information to British travellers. The campaign is a joint venture between the FCO and the travel industry to ensure that British travellers are better prepared when they go overseas.
‘Know Before You Go’ is an ongoing travel safety campaign run by the FCO
For further information about travelling abroad and the ‘Know Before You Go Campaign’ click here to visit the website www.fco.gov.uk/travel
In addition, please see below further information and guidance from the FCO on travelling abroad.
To download copies please click on the links below: