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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.

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A family left bereaved after their son died on a college trip to Spain in 2011 is supporting a bid by an AM to tighten rules on educational trips. Glyn Summers died at the age of 17 on a college trip to Barcelona. 

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis wants to introduce a minimum ratio of supervisory staff to pupils on educational trips. He will take part in a ballot on Wednesday, where one AM will be picked to propose a private member's bill. 
If Mr Lewis' bid was picked and if the law was passed, the proposed Safety on Educational Trips bill would introduce a mechanism for independent review following injury or death during a trip. 
The bill would also introduce:
  •  a code of conduct for supervisory staff during trips, including a prohibition on alcohol 
  • guidelines for the information that must be provided to parents and guardians before a trip
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New film which provides an introduction to the findings of the Learning Away project and Brilliant residentials

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Collective Passport Scheme under Threat and Lobby Organised.