'Educational visits offer an invaluable opportunity to enrich young peoples’ learning, raise their self-esteem, increase their motivation and appetite for learning and improve their health and wellbeing’. Welsh Government
'There is a growing body of evidence that outdoor learning plays an important and enduring role in raising levels of achievement in other aspects of education and life. Wales has an outstanding natural environment and a vibrant, unique culture that creates many opportunities for inspirational outdoor learning. The Welsh Government recognises the contribution of teachers, youth workers and other professionals across Wales who carry out this important work.' National Guidance for Educational Visits
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) and associated regulations, the overall responsibility for health, safety and welfare on offsite educational visits is with the Local Authority.
The Strategic Lead for Outdoor Learning at Central South Consortium shall support 6 Authorities and their nominated educational visit coordinators (EVC’s) in schools and other establishments. This in turn ensures that all educational establishments are aware of and follow National Guidance on educational visits primarily through the training of Educational Visit Coordinators and local support on all matters relating to offsite activities.
All professional learning opportunities in Central South Consortium are designed to support schools to develop as learning organisations across the seven dimensions of the framework and/or to support practitioners in the professional standards for teaching and leadership (PSTL). Through the professional learning passport, practitioners can record their professional learning activities.
Information and Guidance
All visit guidance reference documentation is available via the OEAP website.
Title: National Guidance
For each school to be compliant with Local Authority and National Guidance on offsite activities we use EVOLVE – Educational Visits and Activities Management System. This is an online system for the planning, approval and management of educational visits, which ensures that all follow the National Guidance and are compliant with the minimum information uploaded for school trips. The Evolve system is managed by the Head Teacher account and nominated EVC in each school with the Central South Consortium overseeing the whole system for each authority.
Access Evolve here
e-Learning / Events
Currently, due to the Coronavirus epidemic the EVC training schedule has been suspended until at least January 2021. For those who have received training and are due to expire, the Outdoor Education Advisor Panel (OEAP) has decided to extend all EVC certificates by 6 months and is currently working on how to deliver future training for those newly nominated EVC’s at this time.
For further support and guidance please contact:
Educational Visits Administrator:
Jemma Hull firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Golding Dave.M.Golding@cscjes.org.uk
Other areas of professional learning
Equity and Wellbeing / Curriculum / Pedagogy / Welsh Language Development / Teaching Assistants / Induction / Governors / Leadership / Lead Creative Schools Scheme / NQT Induction / Initial Teacher Education