OEAP Guidance

The OEAP publishes National Guidance for the Management of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom.

Well-planned and facilitated opportunities to learn in the real world, away from the classroom, and to experience adventure, help to improve the lives of young people. National Guidance aims to make these opportunities easier to plan and deliver.

Adopting National Guidance removes the need for each employer or establishment to write and maintain their own comprehensive guidance and gives users easy access to regularly updated and nationally recognised guidance.

National Guidance is inclusive of the full range of provision for young people, including by schools, youth services, other formal and informal settings, and provision in the public, private, voluntary and charitable sectors. It covers provision across England and Wales (If you are based in Scotland, please follow this link to the relevant guidance documents – Scotland). Please also refer to your employer’s guidance and policy.

National Guidance is continually improved and updated to reflect the developing understanding of good practice. It is therefore an online resource and is not intended to be printed as a static ‘manual’.

National Guidance is a free resource and is openly available for use. However, it is written and published by the OEAP and its contents are the intellectual property of OEAP. You may use any of the content in your own publications, at your own risk, but please acknowledge OEAP National Guidance as the source.

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