Offsite and outdoor learning

Why Offsite and Outdoor Education?

“…. learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’personal, social and emotional development”.

Learning Outside the Classroom – How far should we go ? ( Ofsted 2008) (PDF, 135.96 KB)


“….Education in its broadest sense is not about delivering a curriculum. It is about giving children the chance to extend their life skills. It is about developing their confidence. It is about fostering their resilience and sense of responsibility.

And – let us not forget – it is about the enjoyment, engagement and excitement about venturing out into the real world, with all its capacity for uncertainty, surprise, stimulation and delight”.

Tim Gill, 2010, Nothing Ventured… Balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors, English Outdoor Council, p22.

Offsite Activities Resource Documents

These documents are designed to be an aid to Education Visits Coordinators (EVCs), Teachers and Youth workers with the planning and implementation of safe trips and visits involving young people.

Who undertakes Offsite Activities?

These are regularly undertaken by educational establishments including schools and youth and community groups. They are commonly referred to as ‘trips and visits’.

When do they take place?

For schools this could be during the school day (curriculum time), after school including evenings and weekends (extra curricular) or as part of holiday periods as optional activities. Youth groups and other organisations undertake a range of activity as part of the curriculum during the day, evenings, weekends and holiday periods.

What are Offsite Activities?

They are any type of activity away from the school or youth club. Activity could include local visits, residential and overseas visits, adventure activity, field trips and sports activity including fixtures.

For further information or assistance please call 01926 742935

LA Guidance and Support Documents

The WCC Risk Assessment Form (for schools where WCC is the employer) can be accessed from the Schools Health and Safety Document Library at

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The following forms are available for download.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Validation Process and Contact Details

For information about about the DofE Validation Process please see our Validation Process Frequently Asked Questions. or contact the Award Officer on 01926 742502 or

Further guidance and downloads are available from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards website

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Offsite and outdoor learning was last updated on March 14, 2017.