Off-Site Visits

Here you will find a range of nationally certificated courses designed for staff that have a responsibility within their establishment for the delivery, organisation and/or authorisation of off-site visits.

Using EVOLVE …the basics: how to logon, input information etc.

Visit Leader Training …Planning and Management of Off-Site Visits

Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC&Head) Training …checking and approving the Planning and Management of Off-Site Visits

Risk Assessing Off-Site Visits …how to complete a risk assessment for any outdoor lesson/ visit/ event

Planning a Residential designed and led by teachers

Planning an Overseas Expedition – ‘Off the Beaten Track’ …a must if you are organising a visit in these environments


Using EVOLVE

…the basics: how to logon, input information etc (1.5 hrs)

Course Overview
This course has been designed for those staff within an establishment who are responsible for completing an EVOLVE form, who need a quick introduction to the EVOLVE system to get them started.

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Visit Leader Training

…Planning and Management of Off-Site visits (5 hours)

Course Overview
This course has been designed for those staff within an establishment who are responsible for organising trips.

A nationally recognised, certificated course covering preparation and planning for visits followed by practical skills required for leading successful visits outside the classroom.

The course is a two module course, covering preparation and planning for visits followed by practical on the ground module covering skills required for leading successful visits outside the classroom.  The course covers the identification of relevant significant hazards and the importance of placing successful control measures including supervision and group management strategies.

Many of the examples used throughout the day will be specific to woodland, coastal, inland water and farm visits.  These include the areas the Scottish government guidance ( http://www.goingoutthere.co.uk/ )  lists as ‘venues with specific planning considerations’ and request LA approval for certain aspects of the visits.

Completion of this course is expected for any visit leader wishing to take young people on off-site visits.

This course only contains a brief reference to the EVOLVE trip management system.

The course is based both indoors and outdoors, please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC & Head) Training

…checking and approving the Planning and Management of Off-Site visits (6 hours)

Course Overview
This course has been designed for staff who hold responsibility for overseeing advising and checking that the correct procedures have been followed by the relevant people when an off-site visit is organised.

A nationally recognised, certificated course covering the management checks and procedures for off-site visits.  Including; identify benefits and barriers and the EVC’s role in promoting offsite visits; present a legal framework and the importance of following employer guidance; EVC responsibilities and the competence of staff; Key procedures for planning, leading and evaluating off-site visits.

Completion of this course is expected for any EVC or Head approving off-site visits.

This course only contains a brief reference to the EVOLVE trip management system.

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Risk Assessing for Off-Site Visits

…how to complete a risk assessment for any outdoor lesson/ visit/ event

Course Overview
A  certificated course covering how to carry out and document a risk assessment related to any outdoor learning event.

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Planning a Residential Designed and Lead by Teachers

Course Overview
A look at how to implement a ‘Brilliant Residential’ at your school.

Brilliant residentials are school trips with at least one overnight stay, which are:

  • fully integrated with the school curriculum and ethos
  • designed and led by teachers and, where appropriate, students
  • inclusive and affordable for all students
  • deliberately and collaboratively planned to meet students’ specific learning needs, and to embed and reinforce learning back in school
  • part of a progressive programme of experiences
  • designed to include a wide range of new and memorable experiences
  • designed to allow space for students to develop collaborative relationships with both peers and staff
  • evaluated rigorously
  • supported by senior leadership and school governors.

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Overseas ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Visits

…a must if you are organising a visit in these environments

Course Overview
A  short, certificated course covering preparation and planning specifically for overseas ‘off the beaten track visits’.

Completion of this course will become expected for any Visit Leader organising an overseas trip venturing into more remote or wilderness environments.

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