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More school trips, less red tape?

19 February 2014

Schools have been told that they should take pupils out of school more. The new (and dramatically) streamlined health and safety advice for schools has cut back on many of the burdens schools faced in relation to planning school trips.

Schools have been trying to follow a more common sense approach for quite a while, but fears of litigation has meant staff have been reluctant to carry out science experiments, let alone take a hoard of youngsters into the wild. Health and safety should keep children safe but not stop them learning, so it's fine balance for schools to find.

Schools should consider how they wish to approach this new freedom.  Do they need a risk assessment? Have they had enough training? Although schools are required to act in a way that prudent parents would, the ghost of litigation will no doubt still have an impact on how schools plan and conduct trips.

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