School day trips are back on!
— 12 April 2021 by Kate Moore
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— 12 April 2021 by Kate Moore
The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance on March 26 for schools and colleges planning educational visits for their pupils.
In recognition of the 'significant benefits of educational visits for children’s educational development as well as their mental health and wellbeing' the DfE has published the first steps to allow children to enjoy visits in line with the government’s roadmap.
In line with England moving into phase 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown, schools in England can now make education visits and day trips.
The guidance states that educational day visits must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidelines and regulations in place at that time such as keeping children within their consistent groups and the COVID-secure measures in place at the destination. Schools should undertake full and thorough risk assessments in relation to all educational visits to ensure they can be undertaken safely. As part of this risk assessment, schools will need to consider what control measures need to be used and follow wider advice on visiting indoor and outdoor venues.
Should step 3 of the roadmap commence as planned, the DfE has confirmed that schools and colleges may undertake domestic residential education visits, that are already booked, from 17 May 2021. Any domestic residential educational visits must be conducted in line with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) secure guidance and regulations in place at that time and the DfE has confirmed that it is working with Public Health England and the sector on what coronavirus (COVID-19) secure residential visits will look like at step 3, and they state that 'further advice will be provided'.
To avoid the uncertainty some schools are converting their pre-planned residential into a series of day visits - some schools even having a sleepover in the school hall to give children a residential experience!
Pegasus is part of the Voyager School Travel group which means we have a long-standing reputation for safetly transporting thousands of school and student groups. Because we specialise in school groups you can be confident of a safe journey with an experienced driver. In recognition of our expertise in student travel, we are regularly commissioned by a number of school travel companies to transport their school groups.
As you would expect, the safety of our school groups is our top priority and all our drivers are DBS checked and operate in strict accordance with UK and European legislation including those laws concerning seat belts and drivers' hours. We have vehicles to suit all school transport needs including 72-seater double decker buses that allow plenty of room for social distancing.
We can provide you with all the information you need to complete an enhanced transport risk assessment. Click here to access the Pegasus Coaches coronavirus (COVID-19) coach risk assessment for school groups