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Educational Visits and Trips

Educational Visits and Trips

Purpose

Systems

Quality and Experience

Payment and Documentation

Insurance

Further Information

Purpose

Q3 Academy Great Barr has a long tradition of engaging our students in learning beyond the Academy, and the positive impact that this can have on a young person’s development is widely acknowledged. Over the last few years there has been a growing body of evidence that supports the value of the ‘outdoors’ in terms of the development of young people. Fundamental physical literacy must be developed from a young age and consolidated through positive experiences in childhood and young adulthood.

Ofsted (2008) recognise that ‘…learning outside the Learning Room contributed significantly to raising standards and improving students’ personal, social, and emotional development’.

We offer a variety of educational visits and trips, some of which are curriculum based and as such we’ll only ask for a voluntary contribution towards costs; others are extra-curricular and whilst there will often be a cost involved we work with a multitude of agencies in an attempt to keep these costs as low as we possibly can.

In the academic year 2018-2019, we ran 87 educational visits and trips at the Academy across 19 different subject areas and categories, and in all year groups, plus nearly a quarter of these visits included overseas travel, adventurous activities, or a residential component. This variety of educational visits and trips helps us to offer as many opportunities to students as we are able to, and the feedback we receive year on year from students taking part in these activities is overwhelmingly positive with suggestions being taken on board to improve experiences and our offering.

These pages are provided to support parents/carers in considering an advertised educational visit or trip for their child and provide further details on the terms and conditions of bookings.

We use a combination of systems at the Academy to manage educational visits and trips, and you may see these terms crop up in communication:

Evolve

This is the online portal that staff use to plan an educational visit and trip, it’s a system that links in to national guidance and reporting, is managed by the Educational Visits Coordinator in the Academy, but also accessible by Sandwell Local Authority who regularly review the quality of our visits. Staff may choose to request consent for visits electronically through the EVOLVE+ portal in which case you’ll receive an e-mail directly from EVOLVE+ with clear instructions on how to complete the consent form; there are different types of form depending on the nature of the visits, some more detailed than others. The form will ask for your consent to a level of supervision for the trip deemed suitable for the nature of the visit and the age of the students participating, where a trip has an element of remote or indirect supervision, students will not be directly supervised by an adult. However, all Visit Leaders on a trip of this nature will carry an emergency mobile telephone in order to be contactable by students if necessary. Please note that where medication is detailed on a consent form, it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that students have this with them for the visit, students may be turned away from a trip or an activity if they do not have medication that you have declared necessary for health and safety reasons.

ParentPay

For some visits, Visit Leaders may offer the option to pay through the ParentPay system, the trip will show up in your payment items section alongside the option to to-up students’ ID cards for payment of lunches. Where cash is accepted, this may be paid to the nominated Year Office as with cheques (payable to ‘Q3 Academy’ unless otherwise specified). Please note that it is the responsibility of students to return to Year Offices to collect receipts once the payment has been processed, if a payment made by cheque fails for any reason then any administration costs incurred by this will be charged to the person who presented the cheque.

Online payments made be made at: www.parentpay.com

Quality and Experience

The quality of educational visits and trips is of vital importance, and we work as hard as possible to choose reputable travel companies and institutions to enrich the learning of our students. At times the quality of a venue or an activity may not be as we’d hoped, in which case we have a system where staff can report this through a module in our EVOLVE+ portal which then shares this information with other schools, academies, and colleges; likewise, we are able to view reports made by other institutions about venues and activities to help when planning.

We often choose companies and venues that have been awarded The LOTC Quality Badge awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom; it’s a national award combining the essential elements of provision, safety and learning, into one easily recognisable and trusted accreditation.

The EVC considers applications for educational visits and trips against the desirable outcomes as devised by the Outdoor Education Advisory Panel, working to promote:

  1. Enjoyment;
  2. Confidence and character;
  3. Health and well-being;
  4. Social and emotional awareness;
  5. Environmental awareness;
  6. Activity skills;
  7. Personal qualities;
  8. Skills for life;
  9. Increased motivation and appetite for learning;
  10. Broadened horizons.

Payment and Documentation

The cost of an educational visit or trip is carefully calculated to anticipate student numbers; where these fluctuate there may be an increase or decrease to the cost of this visit. This may also be the case if there is an unpredictable change to a visit itinerary, mode of transport, accommodation, or to the visit dates. We do aim to avoid this but where unavoidable the Visit Leader will communicate this.

It is imperative that deadlines for payments and submission of documents are met. Where a deadline is missed, we may need to cancel the child’s place in order to avoid the imposition of charges to other students. Some travel companies will then insist on full payment for the missing child’s space, if this is the case, this will be payable by the parent/carer.

In the unlikely event that the Academy needs to entirely cancel an educational visit or trip, a refund of monies paid will be made to parents/carers. Where an alternate option is offered, a refund will only be paid if agreed by the insurer.

All payments made against educational visits and trips are non-refundable in all circumstances. The consent form confirms that parents/carers are aware of the visit cost and are confident that they can meet payment deadlines. Where students cancel their place on a visit, this must be confirmed in writing by a parent/carer; all payment deadlines are payable up to the date of the cancellation letter, plus any additional charges imposed by the travel provider.

Where a visit includes any element of overseas travel, it is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that students have a passport or other travel document that is valid for travel (including any relevant visas). The Academy are unable to confirm entry requirements and recommend that you seek advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at: www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-checklist

Insurance

All off-site visits and activities are covered under our Risk Protection Arrangements through the Department for Education.

The extent of cover can be seen below:

 

 

Limit

Medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency travel

Per person

£10,000,000

Baggage

Per person

£2,000 in total (limits apply)

Money

Per person

Per event

£750

£5,000

Cancellation, curtailment, replacement, rearrangement, and change of itinerary

Per person

Per trip

£4,000

£250,000

Political and natural disaster evacuation

Per person

Per trip

£10,000

£80,000

Missed departure

Per person

£1,000

Disruptive student expenses

Per event

£5,000

Loss of passport/travel documents

Per person and/or trips

£2,000

Search and rescue expenses

Per event

£100,000

Kidnap Consultants costs

Per person and/or trips

£250,000

Piste closure

Per day per person

Total per person

£35 per full day of closure

£350

Legal expenses

Per person

£50,000

Personal liability

Per occurrence

£5,000,000

Personal accident

Per person

Death and capital benefits £100,000

1.      Indemnity is subject to the RPA Membership Rules;

2.      Cover applies to any trip, excursion, or work experience placement anywhere in the world which is related to education; commences during the RPA Membership Year and involves travel outside of the Academy boundaries. Includes winter sports trips;

3.      Correct as of 1st September 2019.

Further Information

For information relating to a specific educational visit or trip, please contact the Visit Leader who will be identified on the letter and/or paperwork that you have received detailing the visit.

Whilst the Academy is supported in educational visits and trips by the local authority we are independent, and as such, all enquiries relating to educational visits and trips must come directly to the Academy.

National guidance, best practice, and information that may be of interest can be found at: oeapng.info/parents 

For general information or guidance, the Academy’s Educational Visits Coordinator is:

Mr L Price, Assistant Vice Principal.

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