It seems that long running demand for rehauling the existing health and safety guidance for schools has been finally heard. Replacing the long 150-page charter seeking parents consent for an educational trip, a brief eight-page letter has been introduced.
The fresh guidelines are reported to have directions for head teachers, governing bodies and local authorities on health and safety, and enlist activities that take place on and off school premises.
As per reports, a large number of schools and councils, owing to the fear of litigation and undue risk of an education trip, have been adding complex and cumbersome procedure in the name of risk assessment.
Pressing the need for young children to get practical exposure, Education Secretary Michael Gove claimed, “Children should be able to go on exciting school trips that broaden their horizons. That is why we are cutting unnecessary red tape in schools and putting teachers back in charge”.
With this revised norms, the educational trips will be organized hassle-free though warranted safety measures will be taken by the authorities concerned.
Moreover, Philip Parkin, General Secretary of teaching union Voice, has welcomed the reduction in the amount of guidance though cautioned for maintaining health and safety of the young children during outdoor visits.
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