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Guidance for LOtC and Offsite Visits
Hertfordshire has now adopted the OEAP's National Guidance, as its own, in place of the old Offsite Visits Manual. This should be read in conjunction with Hertfordshire's Policy Statement for the Management of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) and Offsite Visits.

It 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.

The OEAP's National Guidance, is now recognised by many teaching unions as being the definitive replacement for HASPEV (1998) and its Supplements (2002), and is also acknowledged by the Department for Education. It has been widely adopted by many other LAs across England, 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 we suggest people add the link to the new guidance to their Favourites for easy access.

Establishment Managers 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' course within the last 3-5 years.

National Guidance suggests various items for inclusion in an individual establishment's Offsite Visits Policy document. 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