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.

Educational visits notification system

North Yorkshire County Council has now completed the implementation of the Evolve Educational Visits Management System.

Details and logon information has been sent to all establishments along with user and help guides and information on training.

Please use your new logon details to input visits on the new system, using the following link to login.


You can log in to the educational visits system here.

If you cannot access the new system please contact educationalvisits@northyorks.gov.uk or phone 01609 798864.

Useful Downloads

Policy for Learning Beyond the Classroom

Guidance on the Content of Swimming and Water Safety Activities

CYPS Handbook for Educational Off-site Visits and all Adventurous Activities

NY SACRE: Guidance on Organising Visits to Places of Worship

Visits to Places of Worship: Recommendations From and Experiences of North Yorkshire Schools

Sample Letter in Response to Parent Withdrawing their Child from a Visit to a Place of Worship

Approval and Notification for Off-site Visits and Activities

Exchange Visits and Homestays Both in the UK and Abroad

Parental Consent for Off-site Visits and Activities

Voices of Faith Leaflet