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A new study examining ‘the state of school residentials in England: 2017’ has been released this week by Learning Away.  The study, which assesses the quantity and quality of residentials currently delivered in schools, is the first of its kind in England. Based on analysis of data from tens of thousands of schools and educational establishments over the last five years, it found that far too many children are missing out on these powerful learning and life experiences, with only one in five children experiencing a residential every year. More worryingly still, the study found a picture of patchy and inequitable access with young people in in the poorest areas the least likely to participate. Furthermore, only around half of teachers said they believed the residentials they delivered were affordable to all pupils.

The full report can be downloaded from


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Ordnance Survey has released a comprehensive map of greenspaces throughout Great Britain. The culmination of a project to comprehensively map greenspaces throughout Great Britain was published on Monday 10 July. More...

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Grandparents were much more adventurous during their youth in the great outdoors than today’s youngsters – half of whom have never even climbed a tree, a survey shows More...

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After five days at sea, a team of inner-city teenagers have made history as the only crew from a comprehensive school known to have finished the world's largest offshore sailing race More...

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The Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel welcomes Ms Spielman’s views on the safety culture in schools and hopes that this results in Ofsted encouraging schools to continue to provide well managed challenging outdoor learning, educational visits and adventurous activities to children and young people. More...

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Teachers must stop trying to wrap children in cotton wool with over-the-top health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools has said.


Amanda Spielman said it stopped the children developing resilience and grit. She wants the education watchdog Ofsted to prepare new guidance for schools inspectors in England.>>


Ms Spielman said making pupils wear high-vis vests on trips made them look like mini-builders minus the hard hats. She said schools had developed an over-cautious culture that made it difficult for young people to cope with everyday events.>>


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Over the past few days we have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police, the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the Department for Education to ensure that our guidance on visits and the threat from terrorism is up to date and that it is consistent with what they are saying.

As a result we have updated "6k FAQs: Visits and the threat from terrorism" to include some additional advice that we think you will find useful.

You can download the revised guidance at:…/6k-faqs-visits-and-the-threat-from-te…/

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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study More...

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Police worker who broke her back after falling from a climbing wall fails to get compensation


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DfE have announced that the funding to enable every school in England to convert to an academy has been returned to the treasury as the project is not going forward. How this will impact academisation more generally is unclear.