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Guidance for LOtC and Offsite Visits
Hertfordshire has adopted the OEAP's National Guidance (NG). This should be read in conjunction with Hertfordshire's Policy Statement for the Management of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) and Offsite Visits.

NG is also available via 'EVOLVE'. It will not be distributed as "hard copy" and its modular format means it can be amended and updated on an on-going basis in line with national developments.

NG is recognised by all major teaching unions as being the definitive replacement for HASPEV (1998) and its Supplements (2002), and is also acknowledged by the Department for Education as the reference for good practice. . It has been widely adopted across England and wales, which fulfils Hertfordshire's undertaking to harmonise its own guidance with others and removes differences and potential pitfalls for staff.

Schools and other Children's Services establishments should now have disposed of their copies of the OVM in the recycling bin and it is suggested that people add the link to NG to their 'Favourites' for easy access.

Establishment Managers and Visit Leaders will be expected to implement the guidance as appropriate when they undertake offsite visits. All establishments should ensure they have at least two members of staff who have attended a 'Management of Offsite Visits (EVC) Training' or 'Update Training' course within the last 3-5 years.

NG suggests various items for inclusion in an individual establishment's Offsite Visits Policy document (see 5.3b How to write an establishment visit policy). The document below is intended to help those establishments that wish to develop their own policy documents by providing a framework and format which can be adapted and amended as required.

Model Establishment Policy for Offsite Visits and LOtC Activities
Policy for the Management of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) and Offsite Visits
Standards of Competence to Lead Adventurous Activities - Appendix 1
EVOLVE Website


Mark Falkingham
Offsite Visits Adviser
Hertfordshire County Council
Tel: 01992 556491