Saturday, June 23, 2012

Making safety a priority when planning an educational trip

There are many things to be considered when planning a school trip, but safety has to be your number one priority. On a school trip or an educational tour, you and your colleagues will be responsible for the health and safety of every one of the young people in your care. You will be acting in loco parentis, so you need to take safety seriously.

Once you have an idea of where you will go on your school trip and what your itinerary will be, the next thing to do is to conduct a full and thorough health and safety risk assessment. Get some advice and information on the sort of the risks and hazards you should be looking for, make a list of them all and find ways you can reduce or remove the risks.

As well as looking at the risks themselves, you should also be focusing on who is at risk when you complete your risk assessment. All of the children in your class are potentially at risk, but most vulnerable will be the pupils who have particular needs.

Insurance is very important when planning a school trip. If you are using a company which organises educational trips, you should make sure it offers comprehensive travel insurance. If you are organising the trip yourself, you should make your own insurance arrangements.

Planning for emergencies is very important when organising a school trip. You need a plan of action ready for a range of different emergencies, but as a general measure, you could pack some emergency supplies of food, drink and medicine. You should also give each of your assistants a first aid kit, a list of emergency telephone numbers, and make sure they have a fully charged mobile phone with them at all times.

As long as you plan properly and make safety your top priority, yourself and the children on your school trip should have a fun, safe and educational time.

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