Outdoor Education

Advice, regulations and guidance

Guidance

The guidance (last updated 2012) applies to all physical education, sport, recreation and play activities taking place on Hampshire County Council 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.

 

Adults supporting learning

Volunteers and paid coaches are a vital part of the provision for physical education and sport for schools 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 ASLs within an educational setting.

 

Agreed activities

The scope of activities available to children, young people and leaders today is huge.

However, in our area of work the focus is on activities with tried and tested ‘educational’ personal development and leadership value, rather than recreational or extreme sports.

In order for Children’s Services staff and establishments to decide what is in each category, this Information Note has been prepared.

Confirmation or the actual detail can be found in the main regulation, advice and guidance documents or by contacting the Service direct.

 

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.

This document sets out both options, taking into account the DfES guidance.

 

First aid

It is part of the manager and employer’s role to ensure the safety of their employees (and anyone else on the premises) including arrangements for first aid. To do this they should provide equipment and facilities that are adequate and appropriate to the circumstances, which enable first aid to be tendered if anyone is injured or becomes ill.

 

Safeguarding

The information note explains roles, responsibilities and necessary provision.

 

Safety in PE and 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.

All staff responsibilities for, or delivering, PE, sport and recreational activities taking place on any educational site at any level will find supportive information within these pages.

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.

 

All of these documents are available, in the Safety in PE and Sport book, within Resources (pink tab) in www.hampshireoutdoors.com