A large number of successful school trips or outdoor learning activities happen every year, however misunderstandings and frustrations about health and safety law, such as paperwork or fear of prosecution, may discourage schools from arranging these fun and educational outings.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) want to encourage schools to undertake a wide range of out-of-school activities and want to make sure that mistaken health and safety concerns do not prevent them from happening.
Ensuring the health and safety of pupils on school visits is all about striking a balance between protecting pupils from risk and allowing them to learn.
Schools need to ensure that:
Striking the right balance between protecting pupils from risk and allowing them to learn from school trips has been a challenge for many schools, but schools shouldn’t be deterred from arranging school visits due to often misinterpreted health and safety regulations when there is plenty of advice and guidance available.