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Learning beyond the classroom

"When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils' personal, social and emotional development. Learning outside the classroom was most successful when it was an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities." Ofsted, Learning Beyond The Classroom, How far should you go? 2008

There is no doubt that young people benefit from taking part in off-site visits and activities. These experiences often provide exciting and life-enhancing opportunities which are simply not available in the classroom or youth centre. They help to develop self-esteem, thought for others, listening to others and sharing in what can sometimes be a life changing experience.

Whilst there can be no doubt as to the benefits gained, we must also have regard to the risks involved. It is essential that off-site activities are carried out with the highest regard for the health and safety of both children and adults involved in them.

This section of the website provides headteachers, managers, educational visits co-ordinators and visit leaders with information and guidance on the establishment of policies and procedures to safely manage all risks associated with learning beyond the classroom, including training course details, news and planning documentation in order to assist them in providing young people with a range of varied, rewarding and safe off-site visits and activities.

Useful downloads
Handbook for Educational Off-site Visits and Adventurous Activities - updated September 2013 [1Mb] [pdf]
Handbook for Educational Off-site Visits and Adventurous Activities - updated September 2013
Policy for Learning Beyond the Classroom [70kb] [word]
Policy for Learning Beyond the Classroom
Exchange visits and homestays both in the UK and abroad [251kb] [pdf]
Exchange visits and homestays both in the UK and abroad
Section 1 Part 10 - Parental Consent [163kb] [pdf]
Section 1 Part 10 - Parental Consent
Sample letter in response to a parent withdrawing their child from a visit to a place of worship final.doc [25kb] [word]
Sample letter in response to a parent withdrawing their child from a visit to a place of worship final.doc
North Yorkshire SACRE Visits to places of worship School case studies.doc [39kb] [word]
North Yorkshire SACRE Visits to places of worship School case studies.doc
North Yorkshire SACRE Guidance on organising visits to places of worship May 2015.doc [250kb] [word]
North Yorkshire SACRE Guidance on organising visits to places of worship May 2015.doc
Voices of Faith_leaflet.pdf [90kb] [pdf]
Voices of Faith_leaflet.pdf
Guidance on effective supervision for teaching swimming in schools [86kb] [pdf]
Guidance on effective supervision for teaching swimming in schools
Guidance on the content of swimming and water safety activities [21kb] [pdf]
Guidance on the content of swimming and water safety activities
Guidance on attendance of pupils in swimming lessons [8kb] [pdf]
Guidance on attendance of pupils in swimming lessons
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Contacts
Education development adviser for learning beyond the classroom
educationalvisits@northyorks.g...
Tel: 01609 798864



North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AE | Tel: 0845 8 72 73 74 | Fax: 01609 797141