Current guidance – What educational visits can take place?
Always check the latest DfE guidance on school educational visits, this guidance is under review and should be checked prior to any educational visit taking place. Check the EVOLVE site for any latest updates, road maps and FAQs. For Juniper Education Educational Visits schools visit: Essex EVOLVE or Warwickshire EVOLVE.
You should always check the OEAP National Guidance document 4.4k coronavirus covering all COVID-19 national guidance from the DfE and OEAP.
So, what can we do now?
Current DfE guidance states: “In line with the Government roadmap, should step 2 commence as planned, schools can resume educational day visits no earlier than 12th April.
Any educational day visits must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidelines and regulations in place at that time. This includes system of controls, such as keeping children within their consistent groups and the COVID-secure measures in place at the destination.”
Our associate adviser, Jake Wiid, has produced a really useful visual guide for Educational Visits – What can we do?.
Domestic Residential Visits – Existing Bookings
Current DfE guidance states: “In line with the roadmap, we advise against domestic residential educational visits until at least step 3, no earlier than 17th May. The roadmap is driven by data not dates. The approach to domestic residential visits is dependent on the roadmap and is subject to change.
Existing bookings: Should step 3 commence as planned, you may undertake domestic residential education visits, that are already booked, no earlier than 17th May.
Any domestic residential educational visits must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidance and regulations in place at that time.”
Domestic Residential Visits – New Bookings
Current DfE guidance states: “Schools may begin planning for new domestic residential educational visits to take place. Should step 3 commence as planned, new visits will be possible from no earlier than 17th May.
Schools are advised not to enter into any new financial or contractual commitments at this stage. This advice will remain under review and updated at the earliest opportunity.
Any new domestic residential educational visits must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidance and regulations in place at that time.
We are working with Public Health England and the sector on what coronavirus (COVID-19) secure residential visits will look like at step 3, and further advice will be provided.”
Currently, no international visits are possible.
Current DfE guidance states: “The Global Travel Taskforce has been commissioned to set out how to facilitate a return to international travel as soon as possible while managing the risk from imported variants of concern. It is due to report on 12th April 2021. This advice will be updated following the publication of the report.”