Educational Visits Training

Our training courses are suitable for all school staff who take responsibility for leading, planning or co-ordinating educational visits and other learning outside the classroom activities. These courses enable employers to fulfil their health and safety at work act obligations to provide appropriate training to staff aligned with national guidance.

Educational Visit Coordinator (EVC) training remains valid for 3 years, while Visit Leader training requires periodic updating.


We are a registered provider for Outdoor Education Adviser Panel training courses.

EVC Training

This one-day nationally accredited training course covers aspects of the law related to educational visits, risk assessment of visits, and the administrative requirements associated with off-site educational activities.

The course will enable EVCs to plan and manage their schools’ educational visits and off-site activities in line with national guidance and current good practice. It will also help to fulfil their health and safety obligations.

This course is aimed at new and existing EVCs (re-validation courses are open to those within 6 months of their current expiry date, otherwise you will need to complete a new full course). 

Key outcomes

  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding about the effective supervision of young people taking part in off-site activities and visits

  • Greater confidence and ability to act as the Education Visit Co-ordinator

  • Increased competence in risk assessing and managing risks on off-site visits


Visit Leader Training

OEAP accredited Visit Leader training is either offered as a half day (3.5 hours) theory module or a full day course (6.5 hours) which combines both theory and practical modules.

Both theory and practical modules cover risk benefit assessment and provide opportunities for being updated on national best practice for keeping children and young people safe whilst learning outside the classroom.

The full day course includes practical coverage of vehicle safety, supervising road crossings, managing safety near water and in public access venues.  Part of the course is delivered outdoors, so you will need to bring stout footwear and suitable warm and waterproof clothing with you.

Key outcomes

  • Recognising hazards
  • Practical risk benefit assessment in the field
  • Party management
  • Presenting a balanced rationale for offsite education
  • Learning outside the classroom
  • An overview of national best practice
  • An overview of legal requirements

Course Fees:

Theory – £650 (half day) or £800 delivered as 2 x twilight sessions.

Theory & Practical – £850 – Full day/9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Maximum places: 20 per course 

If you are interested in booking these for your school please contact, 

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