Planning your trip

This page offers help and guidance with planning your trip. You can click on the links below to skip to the relevant sections:


Planning your trip

Safely managed educational visits with a clear purpose are an indispensable part of a broad and balanced curriculum. They are a fantastic opportunity to extend the learning of all pupils, including an enrichment of their understanding of themselves, others and the world around them. They can also be a catalyst for improved personal performance, promote a lifelong interest and, in some cases, lead to professional fulfilment.  

As always there is a need for planning, including a risk assessment. The key aims are to establish the proposed learning outcomes of the activity and to select an effective method of evaluation. With effective planning, the trip can be as valuable as other learning opportunities within the school and maximise the well documented benefits of learning outside the classroom.

Throughout the planning process of a school trip, teachers need to foresee and evaluate risk to ensure the children and the environment that surrounds them can co-exist safely. You can read more on our Risk Assessment pages.


Planning a School Trip: checklist

The following questions or considerations may help you to plan the trip:


Accredited providers

You can also visit the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) website for information about providers accredited with the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.

The CLOtC is the managing and overall awarding body for the LOtC Quality Badge, which recognises providers offering good quality learning outside the classroom and managing risk effectively. They are responsible for:

Supported by the majority of Local Authority Outdoor Education Advisers, the LOtC Quality Badge makes it easier for anyone organising educational visits to gain approval and provides assurance that their chosen destination has met six nationally recognised quality indicators

The LOtC website is an excellent source of information designed to help schools, educational practitioners and other groups plan and carry out inspiring and varied school trip activities. Useful checklists and planning tools for teachers and educators at various levels can be found here.


Information that parents will require prior to the school trip


Useful links

You can find expert guidance and step-by-step advice for planning your educational trip on the Outdoor Education Advisor's Panel website