A school trip abroad requires a risk assessment in order to determine the feasibility of the project and the suitability of the accommodations and planned activities. If you would like your students to join the thousands of others who have travelled abroad on a school trip, the good news is that completing the risk assessment is not as daunting as you may think.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Risk Assessment? A risk assessment for school travel abroad is a written group management plan detailing how the leader expects to direct the group as they travel abroad with the objective of returning home safe and sound. The School Travel Forum (STF) has published the Demystifying Risk Assessment guide to completing risk assessments for school trips.
- What should a risk assessment include? In formulating a risk assessment, it is important to follow your school’s guidelines as well as those put forth by the LEA.
- Must I complete a risk assessment for all trips abroad? An important component of a risk assessment is to consider the individual students and leaders in your group, including their strengths, weaknesses and any special needs. Once a risk assessment framework has been developed, it can be used as the basis for planning future outings. However, since the group dynamic will be unique to every trip, a new risk assessment should be developed for each excursion.
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