Outdoor Education

Advice, regulations and guidance

Safety in PE and school sport

The guidance contained in this document applies to all Physical Education (PE), sport, recreation and play activities taking place on Hampshire Country Council (HCC) and Children's Services sites as part of the curriculum, extended curriculum and out-of-hours learning, within school and community education provision, and in the youth service. Activities need to take place in a safe, supportive environment without undue danger of injury, and without inhibiting a participant's natural tendency to be adventurous and independent.

Specific regulations within this document must be observed as they reflect good and accepted safe practice - these are printed in bold.

Charges of negligence will be very much easier to refute if it can be shown that the regulations and guidance contained in this document have been followed. Failure to follow these regulations may leave Children's Services, the institution and employee open to a claim of negligence in the event of an accident.

The publication is for any teacher, leader, instructor, coach or volunteer within any school, college, club or centre which runs sports activities, and also for those responsible for the providing institutions, such as headteachers, principals, governors and heads of centre.

If you have an SLA with us then you can view a copy of Safety in PE & Sport on EVOLVE

Non SLA schools can purchase a copy for £45 by contacting outdoor.education@hants.gov.uk


Adults Supporting Learning (ASL)

Volunteers and paid coaches are a vital part of the provision for Physical Education and school sport in Hampshire and as such are greatly valued. There is an increasing number of adults supporting learning within schools and colleges and it is therefore important to support their development, provide appropriate training opportunities and importantly value the contribution they make.

An information booklet has been produced setting out what schools and ASL should know before they start working in schools / colleges. The guidance aims to help ASL working with young people to keep themselves safe, as well as safeguarding children's rights. Importantly it advises schools / colleges as to the steps which need to be taken regarding the safe deployment of ASL within an educational setting.

Providers of PE and School Sport


Driving minibuses

In most circumstances, staff must have D1 entitlement on their driving licence in order to drive a minibus. Those who passed their car driving tests before 1997 received this D1 entitlement automatically. However, younger drivers who passed their driving test from 1997 onwards, have only received category B entitlement (cars and vehicles for up to eight passengers).

There are two routes for these younger drivers.

If you have an SLA with us you can view further information on minibuses in the Off-site activities and educational visits regulations booklet available on EVOLVE


First aid

It is expected that the school, college, club or centre will have a first-aid system that is readily available for dealing effectively with injury should it occur. Staff who teach PE and school sport activities must make themselves aware of the first-aid provision in their place of work.

When teaching PE and sport activities, an accident may occur from time to time, and specialist PE staff in particular should have a good working knowledge of first aid.

All specialist PE teachers/youth leaders should know how to:

  • perform cardio-pulmonary and expired-air resuscitation (external chest compression and mouth-to-mouth ventilation)

  • cope initially with fractures, shock, burns, bruises, grazes, bleeding, scalds, bites, stings, excessive heat and hypothermia

  • treat a severe haemorrhage

  • decide whether an injured child or young person should be moved

  • decide when to leave more serious injuries, such as fractures, spinal injuries or dislocations, to the experts

  • use the lifesaving equipment available at swimming pools, which may take the form of recovery aids or advanced resuscitation equipment.

It is vitally important that the qualified person in charge of a group of children and young people working offsite has appropriate training in managing first-aid situations and first-aid kit. This includes working on off-site playing fields.

First-aid equipment

One person in any school or PE department should take responsibility for ensuring that first-aid equipment is maintained ready for use. All staff and children and young people should know where the equipment is, and should have access to the telephone numbers of the nearest doctor and casualty department. These basic facts are equally important for those working off site, away from their main teaching base. Where necessary, a first aid kit will need to be taken to such venues.

First Aid Courses


All of these documents are available within the Resources (pink tab) area of EVOLVE