Government Tiers, lockdown and school trips and guidance

With England going into lockdown on the 5th November the below should help with School Trips and events. The latest guidance can be found:


You may: continue to undertake local outdoor learning events, for example forest schools, local park, adventure centres etc. You should not:

  • Use public transport.
  • Travel out of area unless absolutely essential to achieve education or training.
  • Stay overnight.
  • Attend any venue closed by the government (leisure centres etc.).
  • Travel overseas.
Post Lockdown

When lockdown is no longer in place and we return to tiers, the below is our suggested guidance (subject to government guidance):

  • Tier 2: You can continue with day trips and local area visits but may wish to consider the size of groups if you are going to a public place (park, town, etc.)
  • Tier 3: If you are in tier 3 you can continue to run local area visits, however you must not travel to out of area.
  • All tiers: You must not travel into a tier 3 area on a school trip.
DfE provider guidance

The Department for Education has guidance for providers stating “Where providers operate in an area that has a ‘very high’ alert level, they should not travel outside this area for the purpose of an education visit. Providers should also not travel into an area with a ‘very high’ alert level for the purpose of educational visits.”

Taking Learning Outside

Resources for taking the learning outside

There are many organisations who can support you with resources for taking learning outside. If you have an idea or want to discuss your learning outside the classroom, the EVC Forum is a great place to start. Alternatively, please drop the Educational Visits team an email here. I have provided some external links to useful sites:

P.E. and Sports 

The Association for Physical Education

The Association for Physical Education has updated their COVID guidance (NOV 2020). This guidance covers:

  • Fixtures
  • Extra curricular
  • What PE you can teach
  • Access to leisure and sport facilities

The Department for Education has updated their guidance and states: Outdoor sports should be prioritised where possible, and large indoor spaces used where it is not, maximising natural ventilation flows (through opening windows and doors or using air conditioning systems wherever possible) distancing between pupils and paying scrupulous attention to cleaning and hygiene.

AFPE  – Association for Physical Education

Download the guidance here.

EVOLVE Updates


EduFOCUS, the providers of EVOLVE, have updated several features over the past few months. We have picked two to talk about, both of which are free and part of your EVOLVE subscription. EVOLVEGo is the new mobile app to be used with EVOLVE. Including access to:

  • Diary
  • Registers
  • Roll Calls
  • School, LA/Trust Contacts
  • Parent/Carer Contacts
  • Visit Form
  • Comms Log
  • Notes
  • ESPs
  • Attachments
  • Incident Notification
  • Emergency Planning Info
How do I download onto my phone?
  • Go to and from the drop-down menu choose ‘Essex Juniper Education’ if Essex school, or ‘Warwickshire Juniper Education’ if Warwickshire school.
  • Use the icon at the bottom of your phone to add EVOLVE to the home screen and select ‘add to home screen’ option.
  • Tap ‘add’.
  • EVOLVEgo is now added to your home screen for quick access.
  • To log in, tap the EVOLVEgo icon.
  • Choose site as above (Essex or Warwickshire).
  • Log in with your usual username and password, or secure face ID if your device offers this option.
  • Success! You have logged into EVOLVEgo.

EVOLVE Updates Continued

Event specific plan

Event Specific Plan is a simple communication tool that combines the following in a user-friendly format:

  • Event Specific Notes
  • Comments, rules, decisions made etc.
  • Operating Procedures
  • Risk Assessment records
  • It also serves as a ‘memory aid’ for use when briefing participants, both prior to and during a visit.

Event Specific Plan increases robustness and reduces bureaucracy because information is added and edited directly within an EVOLVE Visit Form, and all entries are date-stamped.

Educational Visits Frequently Asked Questions

To view our full Educational Visits FAQs please download them here.

In summary, our FAQs state that:

  • Non-overnight domestic educational visits can take place, with thorough risk management, but that during current national restrictions travel into or out of local areas should be avoided.
  • Establishments can continue to work with external providers if they are satisfied that it is safe to do so.
  • Overnight and overseas visits with children under 18 are currently not allowed,
  • Extra-curricular activities (such as school clubs) are allowed only if they provide registered childcare, respite care, or are necessary to support parents to work, search for work, or undertake training or education.

Contact our educational visits team.

If you would like further guidance or information about Educational Visits, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

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Norberto Fusi

Norberto Fusi

Norberto is the Educational Visits Adviser for Juniper Education. He has worked in secondary schools for 11 years and managed a residential Education Centre for Essex County Council for 20 years. Over the past 11 years, Norberto has been a member of the Outdoor Education Adviser Panel (OEAP), an assessor for the LOtC Quality Badge, and associate adviser for EVOLVEAdvice.

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