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Keeping it in Perspective Key Learning Points Next steps. Where the Actual Dangers Lie. Example of an Outdoor Centre accident record for one year from 15,000 visitors/50,000 people days:

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keeping it in perspective key learning points next steps
Keeping it in Perspective

Key Learning Points

Next steps

where the actual dangers lie
Where the Actual Dangers Lie

Example of an Outdoor Centre accident record for one year from 15,000 visitors/50,000 people days:

83 accident forms completed in 12 months of which 58 were incurred during non-adventurous activities/ down time


Accidental and sudden deaths each year – 18yrs and under

Road traffic accidents:

700 deaths per year

School trips: 1-2 deaths per 30,000,000 (approx) pupil days, per year

keeping it in perspective
Keeping It in Perspective
  • “. . . being alive is dangerous……
  • In the UK every year:
  • 20 people are electrocuted by their bedside light or alarm clock
  • 20 are killed falling over as they get out of bed
  • 30 drown in the bath
  • 60 are seriously injured even just putting on their socks
  • 600 (nearly 2 per day) die from falling down stairs.
  • (Gerald Wilde C4 TV 1999)
common ingredients of successful visits

Common Ingredients of Successful Visits

A self-evaluation exercise for EVCs

EVC training group 2010 (based on original by Paul Airey & Bill Taylor)

common ingredients of successful visits an evc setting evaluation questionnaire
Common Ingredients of Successful VisitsAn EVC Setting Evaluation Questionnaire

There are 23 questions in total.

the exercise
The Exercise

Create small discussion groups (2-3)

Focus on one of the 23 aspects e.g. #3 ‘Aims and outcomes’

Run through the indicator questions / statements for the chosen aspect to clarify understanding

Score own establishment using the score-sheet handout provided

3 aims and outcomes
3. Aims and outcomes

Successful visits have clear aims and targeted outcomes

Areas fordiscussion to help score:

Staff, young people and parents have a clear understanding of the learning outcomes and benefits involved?

There is a clear link between the aims of the activity/visit and young peoples’ needs?

name of evc date of evc training
Name of EVC: Date of EVC Training

Educational Visit Co-ordinator Action Plan


The Outdoor Gamble

From Managing Risks in Outdoor Activities

Cathye Haddock

NZMSC 1993



A beach visit could mean two very different things to two different people. Have you as EVC gathered enough information?

Celebrate high quality visits!

How can you ensure that visits are of a high quality?

  • Experienced, competent, appropriately trained visit leaders
  • Good planning
  • Appropriate levels of monitoring
desired outcomes from evc training
Desired outcomes from EVC training

To encourage more high quality visits/activities

To establish competent and confident EVCs

To develop EVCs who are able to inform, enable and support colleagues to plan, organise and lead educational visits

To raise awareness of both Employer/ Local Authority Guidance and National Guidance

To share current good practice in the supervision of young people on educational visits.


Next steps

1. Review your establishment policy in light of today?

2. Make sure all staff are aware of and comply with the new procedures

3. If you delegate administrative aspects of the role make sure you keep an overview

4. If you are not the Head, you must let your Head know if you feel you can’t fulfil any part of the role

  • 5. Get in touch if you have any problems

6. I’ll inform you about future training


Lord Adonis Thanks Teachers who organise visits.

At the Risk & Redress Conference 17-11-05 Lord Adonis said at the end of his speech:

‘ I'd like to pay tribute to those thousands of teachers who organise visits & activities for their pupils, enriching and often transforming their lives.’

‘Everyone remembers a good teacher and most of us also remember the good teacher who led activities outside the classroom’


So, who needs to thank an EVC?

Who wants to be an EVC?

Tout le monde!


It is really important that EVCs strive to foster a positive culture in relation to Educational Visits.

You might not always get the thanks and recognition you deserve ……but it is nice when you are appreciated!