Before the half term break, I wrote about the importance of approving your school’s visits on time and some pointers for school visit leaders.
In this article I will explore what does acknowledged by adviser actually mean?
When the headteacher authorises a visit on EVOLVE, he/she confirms that the visit complies with school and employer policy, and that in their opinion the visit leader and any accompanying staff are competent to supervise the visit. This task can only be the responsibility of the headteacher/senior management, as the adviser does not have first-hand knowledge of the intended participants or the competence of the staff team to make this decision.
The adviser works on the basis that the headteacher should not submit the visit for review if he/she is not satisfied with the intended arrangements. ‘Acknowledged by Adviser’ therefore confirms that the school appears to have followed the employer’s stated procedures. Although all higher risk visits requiring review are viewed, it is not feasible for the adviser to scrutinise in detail all information and attachments, and so this is undertaken on a ‘sample’ basis. The exception to the above is where school staff lead adventurous activities themselves (i.e. not using an external provider). In these instances, it is unlikely that the headteacher will have the necessary technical expertise to assess the competence of the activity leader, and therefore this task is carried out by the Adviser.
In my next article for edition 4 of The Juniper Express I explore online/offline educational visits training.
Training for EVCs, Visit Leaders, School Critical Incident Support Teams.
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