The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is encouraging teachers to embrace outdoor activities after discovering that more accidents take place in schools than on trips. The organisation is promoting the importance of Outdoor Learning through publication of a new guide to planning and leading educational visits.
The guide, which is targeted at head teachers, school staff, governors, trustees, parents and other interested groups, aims to put safety concerns into perspective and to offer no nonsense, practical advice to those who work with five to 18 year olds and who intend to oversee activities outside the school – whether they are sporting activities, cultural activities, field trips, or outdoor adventures.
The publication includes sections on: the legal context; school policies; planning; outdoor and adventurous activities, and trips abroad.
David Rushton, RoSPA’s head of education and leisure, said: “We believe that children and young people benefit so much from visiting new places and being challenged to try out new and exciting activities. It helps them to learn about safety and risk through experience.”