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Proposals to help and encourage schools and local authorities to provide more school trips and increased opportunities for outdoor learning have been published by the government in a draft manifesto for consultation.

More than 100 organisations with an involvement in outdoor educational activities were consulted before the Education Outside the Classroom Manifesto was drawn up.

In January, concern about the recent decline in school trips led the Education and Skills select committee to recommend that the DfES publish such a manifesto. The committee had concluded that the fear of accidents and the paperwork involved in risk assessment was discouraging some schools from organising trips. It hoped a manifesto would establish children’s right to education outside the classroom and encourage good practice to ensure that teachers were confident and willing to take pupils on trips.

The manifesto that has emerged has been modelled on the established Music Manifesto. It centres on a vision statement, supported by eight key aims, which include giving all children ‘a wide range of high quality experiences outside the classroom, including at least one residential experience’ and supporting schools through easily accessible advice, guidance and resources.

The draft Education Outside the Classroom Manifesto can be found at www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations

This article first appeared in School Governor Update – Nov 2005

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